A recent visit to the Massachusetts Accident Data Center website reveals a scary array of recent accidents: a 3 year old boy was injured while riding his bicycle in Medway; a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Taunton; and a two-car wreck in Barnstable left four people seriously hurt. You can’t help but wonder what YOU would do if it was you — or your little boy — who had been injured. It’s an upsetting time, and it gets worse when you realize that you now have another challenge: finding a personal injury lawyer. After all, it’s the only way that you can be sure that you receive the care you need, whether it is immediate care for a broken bone or longer-term care such as physical therapy or other rehabilitation to help you get back to where you were before the accident.
“Before the accident.” That’s a magical phrase. Because there will be times when it will be very hard to remember what it was like BEFORE the accident. The DiBella Law Office understands how stressful it is to have incurred a personal injury and that a serious personal injury can change your life.
There are so many ways that an injury can occur and you certainly will need expert guidance in determining how to proceed, so you should contact us as soon as possible to get started. But here are some basic tips to help you get organized, and they apply regardless of how you were injured:
- Keep great records: Make sure you keep a copy of every scrap of paper you get, whether it is a business card that identifies a police officer or a witness, a receipt for a prescription medication, or a print out from the urgent care center showing the treatment that was rendered. You can always throw it out later, after your lawyer sees it.
- Take pictures whenever and wherever possible: If you have a smart phone with a built-in camera, take as many pictures of the scene of the incident as you can. Take pictures of injuries suffered by you and others. Take pictures of vehicles, of snowy sidewalks, of the walkway with the missing handrail. Again, you can always delete pictures that end up not being important.
- Follow doctors’ orders: For some people, it’s natural to minimize your injuries because you don’t want to look like a whiner. This is especially true if you’re a parent who was in an accident that also involved your child, because it’s natural not to want to scare her. That said, if the ER doctor wants you to use crutches for 10 days, this is no time for you to ignore that advice. Non-compliance with medical advice can create all kinds of problems for you down the road when you realize that your injury was more serious than you understood at the time.
With these guidelines in mind, contact a Burlington personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine how best to proceed.