Getting hurt in an accident is a really frightening experience. Unfortunately, the steps that you take in the aftermath of an accident can affect your rights — and your ability to obtain compensation from those who were responsible for harming you.
If someone else caused your accident to occur, you have the right to pursue a claim for damages and recover compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain and discomfort, emotional distress, and other economic and non-financial losses.
However, to be able to successfully make your case for compensation, you need to be able to prove who hurt you, how it happened, and how badly you were harmed.
The Law Offices of Mark C. Wagner will help you to make your case so you can get the compensation that you deserve. Our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team has a long history of providing representation to victims who have experienced serious injuries or whose loved ones were lost in accidents.
We offer vigorous representation to every client, and we firmly believe it is our job to be your advocate and voice within the legal system. To do this effectively, we listen carefully to the needs of every client and develop a legal strategy aimed at resolving your case quickly, getting the compensation you deserve, and fighting for your future.
We also know that many clients don’t know where to start after an accident has happened. To help you understand what to do in the aftermath, here are a few key steps that you need to take:
- Report the accident: You should always make a report of the accident as soon as possible. Contacting the police is important to get a full incident report that can later be used as evidence in case there are doubts about how the accident occurred. The incident report can provide the officer’s perspective at the scene of the accident and the officer’s opinion on its cause. In some cases, after auto accidents, police will also ticket the driver who hurt you, which can help to bolster your claim.
- Take pictures of the accident scene: If you are physically capable of doing so, you should try to get pictures of the accident scene. Show where the incident occurred, provide pictures of damaged vehicles, and take photographs of anything you think could be relevant to proving what happened. These pictures can be strong evidence to help you prove your case.
- Obtain medical help: You need to get medical help even if you do not believe your injuries are very serious, as some conditions do not immediately cause symptoms but can still be a major threat to your health. You also want to document the extent of your losses so you can prove they were caused by the accident. If you wait to obtain medical help, the person who hurt you could argue your injuries were unrelated to the accident.
- Contact an attorney: You should get help from an accident attorney as soon as practical after an accident has occurred. An attorney will help you to understand the types of evidence that you need to obtain compensation and will conduct an investigation so you can prove your case. An attorney will also help you to deal with insurers so you do not jeopardize your claim and will work to negotiate a settlement on your behalf or fight for your interests in court.
Our office has a long and successful track record of helping accident victims to get the money they deserve so they can move forward. To find out how we can help with your case, give us a call today.