Have you recently been in an accident? Whether it was a car crash, an accident at work or a slip, trip or fall as a result of someone else’s negligence, the aftermath of an accident can be an upsetting time. With so many things to take care of, including yourself, in the chaos after an accident you can easily become distracted with everything around you, which is why we’ve made this handy list of things to be aware of and do after you’ve been in an accident. Feel free to refer to this guide, or contact us with any questions you might have if you’ve been in an accident.
Report the accident
Immediately after the incident, whatever it might be, you should report it to the relevant authorities. In some cases, you, or the person you’re with, might require medical attention. When you report the accident, you should be prepared to give as many details as you can – specific times, people involved, and any other relevant details including what was happening in the lead up to the accident.
Take care of yourself
If you have been injured as a result of the accident, prioritise your health care. Look after yourself – your health should be your number one concern. Once you’ve received the immediate medical attention you need, you may also need to consider longer term care, such as physiotherapy. Remember that in some cases of an accident, the full extent of your injuries won’t reveal themselves straight away – it could take a few days. If longer term care is required as a result of the accident, keep a note of any appointments you’ve had, hospital stays and costs incurred as you could be entitled to claim some of this money back.
Contact your insurance company
After an accident, you will probably need to contact your insurance company, whether that’s your car insurance, travel insurance or life insurance company, to find out if they will cover any of the costs associated with your accident, and to allow you to go about getting your life back to normal again. Always keep these details somewhere safe as you never know when you may need them. Some insurance companies also offer an emergency 24 hour helpline when you take out one of their policies – why not save this number in your phone in case you need it in a hurry? Having the relevant information at your fingertips will cut down on the stress involved immediately after an accident.
Choose a solicitor to resolve your compensation claim
If your accident wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation, and if you decide to pursue this route the best chance you have of recovering the maximum amount of monies owed to you will be to use the services of a professional solicitor with experience in compensation claims. At Harry McPartland & Sons our team deal with cases like this every day, so we are more than qualified to help you. We can provide you with the legal advice needed to make your claim. Your first consultation is free, but remember you only have a limited time from your accident to make a claim so act now. Contact us today to make your appointment and start to recover some of the money owed to you.