If you are injured in an accident and believe that someone else is to blame, then you should pursue compensation. And if you are going to pursue a case, you need to make sure that you have as much information and evidence as possible. This means properly documenting all of your expenses after an accident and paying close attention to your injuries and health. If you follow our advice, it will be easier for a New York car accident attorney to build you a winning personal injury suit.
What Should I Do After My Accident?
You can start protecting yourself and building a case immediately after your accident. We suggest that you:
- Take photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, and damage to your vehicle
- Call the police if you were in a car accident
- Take photos of the area where you fell, if you slipped and injured yourself
- Get contact information for any witnesses who can support your side of the story
- Make it a priority to get the medical care that you need
- Consider hiring a personal injury attorney
Your job is not done yet though. Now you have to carefully track your injuries and expenses. It can be a bit of work, but taking some extra steps can help you build a more effective case.
How Should I Track My Expenses and Injuries?
You need to show specifically how your accident and injuries affected you. We suggest:
Keeping a journal: This seems silly, but it can really help. It can make it easier to track your pain. If you are specific, it can also tell people about how exactly an injury is interfering with your quality of life. A note like “I woke up today and was unable to play catch with my son.” is more effective than “My back pain has not gone away.”
Put all bills and receipts together: You need to stay organized and keep any evidence of all expenses that have arisen since your accident. You want to keep copies of medical bills, estimate costs for repairs to your vehicle, and any evidence of wages you missed out on while you were convalescing.
Remember the indirect costs: Keeping track of the obvious costs of the accident is important, but we also recommend that you take the time to consider some of the other, less direct costs. Do not forget about things like the cost of rental cars or taxis after an accident takes your car off the road. Did you need to pay for childcare due to your accident and injuries? That cost should be tracked. Did your spouse take time off work to care for you? Their lost wages should be part of your compensation too.
Be thorough and ask your attorney if they have any more advice for you.
Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
If you are ready to fight for compensation, contact Zlotolow & Associates. We can schedule a free consultation where you can learn more about your legal options and what one of our knowledgeable accident attorneys can do for you and your family in this trying time.