Five Steps to Take After a Personal Injury | Cardillo Keith Bonaquist

Personal injuries suffered in accidents can be devastating and incredibly expensive to deal with. If your life has been turned upside down after a personal injury, here are five steps you should take to begin holding the negligent party accountable. 

1) Seek medical attention 

Because your health is what matters most, the first thing you should do after suffering a personal injury is to seek medical attention. It’s important to remember that some injuries like soft tissue or brain injuries are not readily apparent. It may take days, weeks or even months for the damage to be seen. A doctor will be able to do a thorough evaluation, diagnose the injury and provide proper treatment for you or a loved. 

In addition to preserving your health and wellbeing, seeking medical attention may also help you preserve your case. Some jurisdictions require you to seek medical attention within a certain period of time following your injury or you lose the ability to file your claim. 

Common personal injuries include: 

  • Paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Concussions
  • Bone fractures
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Bruising and lacerations
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal bleeding/organ damage
  • Death

2) Preserve the evidence 

Following a personal injury, you should begin collecting information about the incident as soon as possible. This information includes taking photos of the scene, obtaining a police report and saving your medical records. In a personal injury case, it’s critical that you collect as much information as possible in order to prove gross negligence on the guilty party’s behalf. 

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3) Contact a personal injury attorney 

Because personal injury lawsuits are oftentimes complex affairs involving evidence gathering, witnesses and a detailed knowledge of negligence law, you’re going to need an expert personal injury attorney who has the experience to help you win your case. A consultation with a personal injury attorney will create an opportunity to review your case and ultimately, whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim. 

4) Participate in the investigation

In order to effectively present your case, your attorney will need to be involved in the investigation. Although your attorney will thoroughly investigate your case, they will require  you to remain in close contact with them, follow their instructions and participate as directed for the best possible outcome of your case. For someone who has suffered a great deal, this may seem like undue harassment, but because your attorney is working tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation you are entitled to, it’s important.

5) Discuss what type of compensation you should receive 

Depending on the nature of your injuries, there are several things you may receive compensation for. Your attorney will advise you on what you can expect to receive money for, but some examples include: 

  • Doctor visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Medical equipment
  • At-home care
  • Funeral expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident, contact Cardillo Keith Bonaquist today. Since 1975, our personal injury attorneys in Naples have provided effective legal counsel to clients injured by other people’s negligence and/or misconduct. As a result, we have decades of experience in this complicated area of law, coupled with a long track record of success. Using our vast legal experience and an in-depth understanding of personal injury law, we will provide you with strong case strategy aimed at helping you get the financial resources you need and deserve.