To increase your chances of success, it’s important to get your case off to a good start. Whether you’re involved in a car accident, slip and fall, dog bite or other type of accident, it’s important to take the following steps:
- Get Medical Attention: If you’re seriously injured, call 911 to request an ambulance. Some serious internal injuries have few symptoms, but can be fatal without prompt treatment, so it’s wise to go to an emergency room to be checked out after any serious accident. Going to the emergency room from the scene of the accident will also make it easier for your attorney to prove that your injuries are severe and caused by the accident. If you don’t go to the emergency room from the scene, and notice pain later on in the day or the next day, go to an emergency room or urgent care center to be checked out. People feel most comfortable with their regular doctors, but they usually don’t have the expertise in traumatic injuries and testing capacity that can provide the most accurate diagnosis for a traumatic injury. Wherever you seek initial treatment, it’s important to follow the instructions for follow testing and referrals to specialists.
- Report The Accident: If you’ve called 911 for an ambulance, you’ve met the requirement of reporting the accident to the police that applies to hit and run car accidents in Texas. It’s a good idea to report all car accidents to the police as their report is an important part of the evidence for your claim. You should also report the accident to your own insurance company, being careful not to agree to letting them take a statement until you’ve retained an attorney. For slip and falls, dog bites and similar cases, it’s not usually necessary to involve the police. Calling an ambulance will be useful to prove where the accident happened, and it’s also helpful to file a report with the manager when an accident occurs at a business. Never speak to representatives from the insurance company for the other party. If they contact you, simply tell them that you are retaining an attorney.
- Call a Reputable Dallas Personal Injury Attorney: It’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible after an accident. That’s why unscrupulous characters prey on victims promising them too good to be true scenarios to get them to sign up with unethical attorneys and doctors they represent. That’s why you should never accept business cards from “good Samaritans” at the scene of an accident that promise you quick money. You will get much more money in the long run working with an experienced and reputable firm. Call 1-800-LAWBOSS to speak to an experienced and caring attorney after your accident.