Things to Ponder in Cases of Personal Injury
Aug. 15, 2010
How would you know if you are eligible to file for compensation claims regarding personal injury that you have sustained from any accident or related events? There are actually two types of this kind of injury. The first type is physical wherein you can broadly record the data of all the details of what you have gotten out of the situation. Aside from pictures taken at the scene, you can also submit medical bills, charts and other stuffs that you were asked to undergo in the hospital after the incident. The other type of this injury is psychological. This is more worse than the first because the effects can be long-term and may cause you stress, anxiety and other emotional baggage that won’t help you in moving forward after the accident.
It is very important that you gather all related evidences while you are still at the scene where the accident happened. If you cannot do this, ask for help from someone you know personally to do the recording of all matters that can be used as evidences later on.
You must not take the matter lightly because even if you think that the pain is light or that you can handle things well after the incident, you can never be too sure as to what can be the effects later on. You may be kind and you simply want to forget about what happened, but this cannot be easily said and done if the accident will cause you too much, like you won’t be able to attend to your regular duties and responsibilities because of your injuries.
The mental effects are harder to treat because the length will vary depending on your state and how you were affected by what happened. The treatment can be short but there are also cases when it takes too long. There will also be a stigma attached to it, like you will be treated differently on your job and on other activities that you were active before the accident happened.
To be sure that you will be able to get what you deserve at these cases, here are some of the things that you must handle at the scene of the accident.
1. You should gather all the evidences that are visible right then and there. Ask someone to do this for you if you can no longer perform such task or you need to be wheeled in immediately on to the nearest hospital. Take photos of all the things that occurred on the scene. If it is a vehicular accident, you must take pictures of all the angles of both vehicles. You should also record your injuries and take photos of what you have gained from the accident.
2. You should also gather all the bills and all the papers for the treatments that you have undertaken after the accident. If this is not your fault, you can later ask the other party to pay you for the expenses that you have shouldered in relation with what happened.
3. You should find a good lawyer that handles compensation claims regarding personal injury. Give them all the evidences that you have gathered so that they can figure out how to handle and help you with your case. You should ask for recommendations for attorneys who do not ask for consultation fees, especially if you cannot afford such additional expenses.
The foregoing article was written by the author based on experiences he has had. This article is not stated as a legal opinion or as fact but instead is stated as opinion of the author.