There are few things that are as impactful as suddenly suffering from a life-changing, catastrophic injury. Catastrophic injuries like brain or spinal cord injuries can alter the entire trajectory of your life. You may no longer be able to work, might have trouble doing the things you enjoyed in the past or could be dealing with chronic pain and disability.
After any serious injury like this, it is essential that you have an opportunity to seek fair compensation. How you’ll seek compensation will depend on the reason the accident happened, but there is a general process to follow.
Hurt in an auto accident? These steps help you get compensated
If you’re hurt in a crash, your first step is to make sure you call 911 to have the emergency team come to the scene. If the other driver is still present, noting down the license plate and other details about them is essential.
Once you do this, go to the hospital with the paramedics. They will begin treating you in the ambulance. You should try to remember as much as you can about the crash during this time. At the hospital, if you’re able, writing down details could help you remember more about the crash later.
Once you’re at the hospital, you will likely need to go through a physical examination and imaging tests. These will give the medical team a better understanding of the injuries you’ve suffered from. You may begin treatment right away, especially if you need surgery or your life is at risk.
After you’re stable, you need to look into your legal options
After being stabilized, the next thing to do is to look into your legal options. You may want to gather up the information you’ve gathered about your condition and any notes about the crash first, and then pass those onto the attorney you’ve chosen. Your attorney can handle more of the legal aspects of the case while you focus on your recovery. They’ll negotiate with the other party’s auto insurance, for example, or help you prepare to go to trial if one is necessary.