Getting injured in an accident is one of the worse experiences that can happen to anyone. If you plan to sue for recovery on your injuries, or even if you’re not sure, it’s best to be armed with a bit of information.
First, seek immediate medical care and attention. Call the police or an ambulance if you are able to, and be sure to follow up on all treatment and consultations. You have to show the jury that you were hurt and you sought the appropriate medical attention. If you can, obtain witness statements from anyone who saw the accident and take pictures of the damage done, if possible.
Second, you should be completely honest with your attorney. You look untrustworthy, and your attorney looks incompetent, if your attorney and the jury find out something detrimental about you at trial. Be totally forthcoming with all pertinent information when you meet with your attorney. He or she will know how to deal with it if anything comes up later.
Third, do not post on social media, and make sure your family and friends know not to post any pictures of you. Opposing counsel will not hesitate to use images or posts against you to try to prove that you are not as injured as you say you are. Social media is not private.
Lastly, approach the process with as much patience as possible. Preparation for trial can take a very long time, and even if you win your case, you may not get paid immediately. Remember, too, that your attorney only collects money if you win, so he or she already has an incentive to fight hard for you, regardless of how long it takes.