What You Should Do After an Accident

What To Do 

If you’ve been injured or wrongfully lost someone you love in an accident, it’s understandable that emotions run high and you may be unsure what steps you need to take. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of an accident it’s far too easy to say, do, or fail to do something that can harm your health and greatly affect your chances for recovering just compensation from the responsible parties.

A party who caused your injuries, defense attorneys, and insurance companies who may have liability and be forced to pay all commonly try to find ways to derail your case – often through sneaky, manipulative, and deceitful methods. To protect yourself and your case for recovery, there are a few steps victims should remember to take after any accident.  This is true even if you believe initially you were not hurt.

Steps to Take

  1. If you were involved in a car accident, stay at the scene.
  2. Call 911 to report any accident.
  3. If anyone was injured or killed, or there is property damage in a car accident, notify law enforcement.
  4. Get the name, vehicle information, and insurance information of all other drivers.
  5. If you were injured on someone else’s property, notify the owner, manager, or landlord.
  6. If you were involved in an accident on the job, begin filing a claim for workers’ compensation after notifying your supervisor.
  7. If anyone witnessed your accident, get their contact information.
  8. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene, any vehicles involved, and any evidence. In a car accident, this could include skid marks and traffic signs. In a slip and fall accident, it could be a broken floor or liquid on the ground.
  9. Do not apologize, admit fault, or say you weren’t injured (or similar phrases such as “I’m okay”). This doesn’t just apply at the accident scene – this includes speaking to insurers.
  10. Avoid giving recorded statements before consulting an attorney.
  11. Seek medical attention immediately even if you believe you weren’t injured. Get a professional to examine you and confirm you weren’t hurt.
  12. Follow medical instructions and treatment plans exactly.
  13. Keep records of medical treatment, as well as evidence of lost income such as payroll stubs or any expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
  14. Call Giorgi & Bonomo, LLC as soon as possible at 1-800-510-2685.

Contact Us Today

When an accident occurs and you’ve been injured, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by what to do next. To make sure you take the rights steps to protect your rights, look after your health, and help your case for recovery against the responsible parties, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Giorgi & Bonomo. We’ve been providing knowledgeable, aggressive representation for victims like you in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area for years and securing maximum possible compensation for their needless, avoidable injuries. We’ll do the same for you. Contact us 24/7 at (800)-510-2685 or complete our online Contact Page for help today.