A Quick overview of how to act when personal injury hits you
One fine morning, Ellie's husband was on his way to office at his regular time. In about an hour, she got a call from a local police officer that her husband’s car has got hit by another car and he has been seriously injured. Life is unpredictable. Within a matter of a couple of hours, Ellie’s life had turned upside down. This is a typical case of personal injury. Ellie’s husband might be diagnosed with a major physical or mental disability impacting both their lives forever or causing a lifelong fear of such accidents in the mind of the victim. Even if the injuries are minor, her husband has sure lost a few days of productivity, thereby impacting his earning capacity for those many days. Such accidents, whether caused due to negligence, recklessness or be it intentional, they qualify for legal action under the definition of personal injury law and gives the right to the victim to file a lawsuit against the person responsible for the injury.
Personal injury law, in the simplest of the terms, can be described as a civil law that protects a person from the wrongful act of another person, whether caused out of intent or negligence, thereby causing physical, mental or emotional damages or injuries. Since, every case is unique in itself, owing to the unique circumstances in which the accident might have happened, the extent of damages varies from case to case. In such a case, it is essential to employ professionals or legal experts, to assist in the correct assessment of damages. Price & Price lawyers have great experience and knowledge in the field of personal injury law.
So, if you or your relative have gone through an incident of personal injury, know what steps to take:
- First and foremost, if the incident or accident has taken place, protect yourself or the victim from the risks of getting of injured any further. Say for example, in the case of a road accident, if an initial crash has taken place, ensure that the victim is protected from any secondary crashes. The damaged vehicle or the affected person who had ended up being in the middle of the busy road, are at great risk of further damages.
- Do not say no to medical attention, irrespective of the extent of the injury. The extent of the injury is a major factor in determining the extent of liability of the person responsible for such damage. Doctors provide with medical tests and reports that act as prime evidence to assess the extent of the damage.
- Click pictures and collect as much evidence you can get as possible. Whether you have suffered because of a road accident or a defective product or due to the negligence of another person, keep all the evidence associated with the incident to strengthen your claim.
- Inform your insurance company, register a complaint with the police and contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can to help you tread this path of emotional upheavals and mental challenges.
So, if you have gone through or have witnessed a personal injury case, do not wait any further, and take the required steps now!