If I’ve Been Injured in an Accident, What Are the First Steps I Should Take?

The first thing that you’ll want to do if you’ve been injured is to seek medical attention. Everything else can wait while you call for an ambulance, call for someone to help you to the hospital, or (depending on the nature of your injuries) make a short drive to seek medical attention on your own. When you’re speaking with medical professionals, speak honestly and don’t downplay your symptoms out of apprehension that you’ll appear “weak.” Being injured isn’t weakness and downplaying your symptoms now may negatively affect the outcome of your case down the line.

If you’re waiting for someone to take you to the hospital and you feel capable of doing so, jot down the names and contact information of any witnesses to your accident and take pictures of the accident scene. This information could aid an experienced Salt Lake City, UT personal injury lawyer at our firm as they seek to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.

Finally, you’ll want to connect with the experienced Utah legal team at Rasmussen & Miner and (if appropriate) connect with law enforcement to file a police report. This latter step is standard in auto crashes but not in, for example, medical malpractice cases. If you’re unsure of whether you need to file a police report regarding your accident, please make sure to ask us when you call to schedule a risk-free, confidential consultation with an experienced Salt Lake City, UT personal injury lawyer at our firm.

A Word About Social Media

Until your case is resolved, be extra cautious when texting, emailing, and engaging on social media. Depending on how contentious your case becomes, opposing counsel could seek to use your electronic communications as evidence. Even seemingly innocuous posts, photo and/or video uploads, comments, texts, and/or emails could potentially be used to negate their client’s liability or to undermine your claims. For example, say that you hurt your arm during a motor vehicle collision. If you post a photo of you holding your daughter in one arm and your son in the other, opposing counsel could insist that this image is proof that you are not injured as you claim to be.

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to avoid any electronic communication or social media interactions that could possibly affect your claim. With that said, we understand that electronic communication and social media are often critical tools used to connect individuals with their loved ones, colleagues, and services. If you can’t limit your usage at this time, please be extra careful when you do use these communication tools. And if you have questions about whether you should interact in a certain way, please ask us first. In this regard, it is truly far better to be safe than sorry.

Legal Assistance Is Available

If you have been injured from another party’s negligence, call our firm today to explore your options. A personal injury lawyer Salt Lake City UT trusts from Rasmussen & Miner can fight for the compensation you may deserve. Call (801) 363-8500 today.