Protecting Yourself after an Accident

Accidents happen every day, whether it is a slip and fall, a car accident, or you have been the victim of medical negligence, there are steps that you need to take in order to protect yourself. It is necessary to protect yourself because in the event that you want to take the case to court, you need to have a solid account of the accident and the proof to back it up. While many cases do not go to court, opting instead for a settlement, it is always in your best interest to follow these guidelines.

Call the Police

This is the first thing you want to do when you have experienced a car accident. Many times, the other party involved will say that calling the police is not necessary, but it most certainly is. The police officers on scene will take a detailed auto accident report. This will include all of the vehicles involved, witness accounts of what happened, as well as the report of the drivers involved.

The copy of the police report will not be immediately available to you, but you can get a copy of it by visiting the police station or by calling within a few days after the accident. Make and keep a copy of the police report and provide your attorney with one as well.

Visit Your Doctor – or go to the ER

Equally important is a trip to your doctor or to the ER, whichever is more convenient for you. Time is of the essence in these matters though, because you need to be evaluated for any possible injuries right away.

Some accidents are so severe that the victims will be transported to the hospital by ambulance. Keep a record of all of these medical visits. Whether you have ongoing care in the form of physical therapy or a single visit that results in stitches or an overall evaluation, they are equally important.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

Also known as accident lawyers, personal injury lawyers are there to protect your interest in the case. They will request documentation from the police and from your doctors about the injuries that you sustained as a direct result of the accident. This is why it is important to ensure that you visit the doctor, even if you feel fine. Many times, injuries from an accident may not present right away as your body is recovering from the shock of the accident.

Your accident attorney will review all of the information about the accident and any injuries you may have sustained. Once their review of the file is complete, they will be able to make a determination as to whether it is in your best interest to pursue the case. In some instances, where the injuries are minor, your attorney may advise you that it is not worth pursuing.

It is necessary to protect yourself when you have had an accident. If you are in need of assistance, do not hesitate to contact our San Diego personal injury attorneys today by calling (619) 325-7555 or visiting us online at

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