What Should I Do If I’m Injured in Pennsylvania?
If you’re injured in Pennsylvania, the first thing to do is call 911 to report the accident and ensure a police report is generated. The next thing you should do is go to the emergency room.
Next, you should obtain legal advice as soon as possible. A Pittsburgh personal injury attorney at our firm– protects your rights and can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Collecting evidence right after the incident is critical for proving your case. Of course, if you are seriously injured, that may not prove possible.
If you can, use your phone to take photos and videos. If the accident involves a motor vehicle, get the contact and insurance information of the other driver as well as their driver’s license number.
Get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses. Write down or record your recollection of the accident right away, while it is still fresh.
If you are unable to document the scene due to injury, try to have a relative or friend come by and take photos as soon as possible.
If the incident involved a slip and fall, keep the clothes worn at the time and do not wash them. Tears and stains can indicate the force of the fall.
For slips and falls on commercial properties, report the incident to a store manager and fill out an accident report form.
If the injury is work-related, report it to the supervisor at once. While workers’ compensation may provide benefits, it is possible to file a personal injury lawsuit based on the nature of the accident.
For example, if the injury occurred due to a machinery defect, the manufacturer of the equipment may prove liable.
Seek prompt medical attention
Failure to seek medical attention right away could mean the insurance company will allege your injuries did not result from the incident. Once you have seen the doctor, you must follow their advice.
If you do not show up for medical appointments, or participate in recommended physiotherapy or other treatments, the insurance company will allege you are not as badly injured as you attest.
What not to do after an injury
As much as you are tempted, do not post any information about the incident on social media.
Insurance companies look through these accounts. Even an innocuous post regarding the accident or your injuries can harm your claim.
A poster may inadvertently admit some fault for the incident or put up photos or videos in which they appear in much better shape than they are.
Rather than risk posting anything you may come to regret, stay off social media while recuperating.
Contact us today
If you or a loved one experience a serious injury due to the reckless or negligent actions of another party, you need the services of a Pittsburgh personal injury attorney. Arrange a free consultation by calling or texting us 24/7 or submitting our online contact form.
We will evaluate your situation and let you know whether you have a valid personal injury case. Our dedicated attorneys have recovered over $1 billion for clients in settlements and verdicts.
There is never a fee unless you win compensation, as we work on a contingency basis.