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2 vital steps you need to take immediately after a car accident

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2021 | Injuries

An accident can leave you physically and emotionally shaken. However, if you have been involved in a car accident or suffered an injury in Massachusetts, the actions you take immediately following the accident will be critical for determining the outcome of your personal injury lawsuit.

Several factors come into play when determining the value of your personal injury claim. That said, there are certain measures you can take to help boost the odds of recovering full and fair compensation for their damages. Here are some of them.

Seeking medical treatment immediately

One of the factors the court will consider when ruling on the compensation amount in your personal injury lawsuit is the treatment you receive following the accident. If you are hurt, it is important that you seek treatment immediately, and this includes following your doctor’s directions on tests as well as ongoing treatment. Your legal team can use your treatment and medical report as compelling evidence during your claim. However, failure to seek medical care immediately, or ignoring your doctor’s instructions and treatment plans can have a negative impact on the outcome of your case as the defendant will argue, often convincingly, that your injuries has nothing to do with the accident.

Preserving the evidence

The burden of proof is usually on the plaintiff during a personal injury case. This means that you have to provide sufficient evidence to prove fault during the trial. This is why it is important that you begin gathering evidence as soon as you can following the accident. Here are some of the tips you can use for preserving evidence in a personal injury lawsuit:

  • Take photographs of your injuries, the accident scene, and defective premises or products
  • Note down information about the accident scene
  • Get eyewitness contacts
  • Call the police
  • Get copies of CCTV footage

A personal injury can leave you terrified. It can turn your life upside down. However, with adequate compensation, you can pay hospital bills, other expenses and get your life back to normalcy.