If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, it’s important that you take care of the right things, right away. Our personal injury lawyers have prepared a brief list of some of the very first things you can do to ensure a speedier recovery and maximum compensation for your injuries.
Immediate steps to follow after a car accident
Get medical care promptly. Don’t diagnose yourself, let trained medical professionals diagnose your injuries.
Inform the police of the accident and record the attending officer’s name and badge number and ask for a copy of the police report. Tell the police only what you know, do not speculate and stick to the facts.
Record the names of other drivers involved in the accident, any witnesses and all those directly or indirectly involved in the accident;
Write down as many notes as you can about the accident. Take pictures with your phone/camera if you can
Contact your family doctor;
Consider meeting with a personal injury lawyer before you give a statement to your insurance company
Contact your insurance company within 7 days and request accident benefit forms
File your completed accident benefits application within 30 days;
Report your personal injury to your employer or school;
Check for health and injury coverage provided through your employer, health and benefit carrier, credit card company or any other source;
Record the names of all attending healthcare professionals;
Keep all receipts for related expenses, items lost or broken in the accident- including those incurred by family members helping the accident victim;
Keep a detailed record of all your health problems and do not minimize your ailments or pain; and
Keep family close by and meet with your trusted team of healthcare providers.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Do not sign anything related to your accident until you have discussed it with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contact us at www.ottawainjury.ca