Suffering a personal injury can be chaotic, but before contacting Indiana personal injury lawyers, it is important to be sure that you have taken a few steps.
- Immediately after finishing emergency care of an injury, take notes on the incident. These will be helpful later in recounting your story to your lawyers and a courtroom. Furthermore, if able to prove the date of these notes, these may enhance the viability of your case.
- If possible, return to the scene and preserve any and all evidence. This may include a collection of photographs of the untouched scene after the injury, as well as any hard evidence which plays a central role in your case. Hard evidence should also be procured, especially items which directly caused the injury as the severity of damage to the object may correlate with the severity of your injury. Finally, locate any possible witnesses, request their contact information, and obtain an account of the event from their perspective.
- Obtain medical records related to the event. Whether these records be related to psychological or physical injury, it is important that you obtain these records, as they will provide great support for your claims. Nationwide, medical practitioners are required to provide you with a copy of your medical records in thirty days or less.
- Notify the future defendant or defendants of your injury and that you will be filing a personal injury claim. Be sure to send these letters to all involved parties, not only the person or business whose negligence caused the injury, but also whomever owns any property that lead to your injury. These letters do not need to go into enough detail that they may be able to begin forming a defense, but are required to simply notify them that you were injured in relation to them.
Once you have followed these steps, you are ready to contact your personal injury lawyer. For more information on filing claims or if you are considering filing a claim, contact us.