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What To Do After An Injury

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Suffering a traumatic injury can be frightening and can have an immediate impact on many aspects of your life. Taking the steps to protect yourself and your loved ones can make a huge difference. You should act promptly to understand your rights and learn how your immediate personal and financial concerns can be addressed. Whether you are injured in an automobile collision, slip and fall, animal attack or by any other means, be sure to put safety first and remember these guidelines:

  • If someone is injured, whether in an automobile collision, slip and fall, animal attack or by any other means, contact 911 and request an ambulance immediately and report any injuries so that medical attention may be summoned. Try to find a safe place (away from traffic, if involved in an auto collision) to wait for emergency services to arrive.
  • If you are involved in an automobile collision, contact the police and wait for them to arrive. Also, keep in mind that when the law requires you to wait for the police, leaving the scene of an accident can result in criminal charges and driver's license sanctions. Many people often assume that they are not injured and simply leave the scene after exchanging insurance information, only to find that the insurance information is inaccurate or that the lack of a police report allows an insurance company to deny their claim.
  • If in an automobile collision, you should try to obtain information regarding the collision, including:

The other driver's name, address, driver's license number, insurance information, and license plate number.

The names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the collision.

The names and badge numbers of any Police officers who investigate the collision. You should also obtain the Incident or Report number so that you may obtain the police report.

As soon as possible, take photographs of your vehicle before repairs are made. Also, obtain photographs of the collision scene.

  • If you are injured by a driver who flees the scene (hit and run driver), try to obtain the tag number of the vehicle and call the police. Keep in mind that many insurance policies state that the police must be contacted within a certain time frame if a hit-and-run collision occurs. Try to find a safe place, away from traffic, to wait for emergency services to arrive.
  • If you are injured on business property, make sure that an incident report is prepared by an agent of the shop or business owner. If possible, obtain the name of the owner of the business, as well as the address and the phone number of the business. You should also get the names of any agents or employees of the business that approach you after the injury.
  • Oftentimes, insurance companies will attempt to obtain a recorded statement from you immediately following an injury, before you have had time to obtain legal representation. Never give a recorded or written statement to a liability insurance company without first discussing it with an attorney.

At Hanyard Law Office we provide our clients with attentive and knowledgeable representation. We work to obtain the best possible settlement for your personal injury claim. Don't delay in contacting in our office. We will work diligently to protect your rights, to properly handle your case, and to obtain substantial compensation for you.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of others, give our office a call!



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