Personal Injury Do's & Don'ts

If you ever suffer an injury due to the negligence of others, there are certain basic things that you should and should not do immediately following the accident. By following the list of “Do’s and Don’ts” we have provided here you will have the best chance of protecting your right to receive fair compensation for your injuries.

DO's: What to Do if You Suffer a Personal Injury

  1. If appropriate, call the police or the proper authorities to investigate.
  2. If you are in pain, report your condition to any authorities involved and request an ambulance.
  3. Identify witnesses to the accident, including names, addresses and phone numbers if possible.
  4. If possible, photograph or record video of the entire accident scene.
  5. When the ambulance arrives, give the EMTs a full report of your symptoms and cooperate with their treatment plan.
  6. Call a family member or friend to the accident scene to assist you and to bear witness to what is happening.
  7. Never attempt to drive if you are dazed, injured or on strong medications.
  8. Report the accident to your insurance company.
  9. Get damage estimates on any of your property that was damaged in an accident.
  10. Try to get the responsible party’s insurer to pay for your medical bills, but do not sign any releases.
  11. Never sign any type of releases unless your attorney advises you to do so.

DON'Ts: What Not to Do if You Suffer a Personal Injury

  1. Don’t let anyone talk you out of calling the police or the proper authorities.
  2. Don’t sign any types of releases – or any checks that contain printed release language.
  3. Don’t give recorded statements to insurance adjusters.
  4. Don’t settle your case unless your symptoms are completely gone and you have consulted with an attorney.
  5. Don’t discuss your case with anyone who does not need to know this information.
  6. Don’t do, say or sign anything just because someone says that you have to do it – discuss it with your attorney first!