The initial car accident, dog bite or even medical mistake will have a lasting impression on your life, long after the initial trauma fades. After an injury, you’ll have to cope with medical bills, lost wages because you missed work and even the repair or restoration of your personal property. As Seattle personal injury attorneys, we understand just how much this incident has impacted your life and how stressed out you are coping with the aftermath.
What to do if You’ve Been Injured
When you have been injured by someone else, the best thing to do is take the time to contact a Seattle & Bellevue personal injury attorney right away. Timing is critical and the faster you seek help, the better; it is particularly important to contact us right away if the person who harmed you or their insurance company offers you a settlement. In many cases, insurers try to come to a quick resolution that doesn’t always compensate victims fairly. Your injury could have long reaching implications, so good legal counsel is essential.
If you’ve been injured, take these steps to protect your rights:
Visit the doctor: You’ll need to have your injuries treated and be fully examined by a doctor. Back, neck and head injuries may show few outward signs, but have a long-lasting impact on your health. If you’ve sustained an animal bite, you could need antibiotics and specialized care, even if the wound looks minor at first. Visiting the doctor ensures that your injuries don’t worsen and that your pain, injuries and suffering are fully documented by a neutral third party.
Document what happened: Write down your experience in your own words, file a police report and take lots of pictures to show the scene of the accident and its aftermath. If you can, record the names of witnesses so they can be contacted later.
Don’t accept blame: Someone who hit you with their car may claim you were in the wrong lane – and the person whose dog attacked you could say you provoked him. No matter what is said, don’t apologize or accept blame, even if it seems to be the polite thing to do.
When You’re Hurt, We Get to Work Fast
If you have been injured due to someone else’s lack of care or negligence, whether you’ve been in a car wreck, bitten by an out of control dog or even harmed by your doctor, we can help. Contact us to talk about your specific case details and for a confidential and free consultation. We’ll work with you to find the best course of action and aggressively, quickly pursue the person or party who harmed you.