5 Steps to Take after Sustaining a Personal Injury: How to Protect Yourself & Your Rights

You never expect to get in an accident and be hurt. When accidents happen, however, having a plan for what to do in the aftermath can help you stay calm, protect your rights and potentially preserve a future claim for financial recovery.

Below are some of the essential steps to take following a personal injury. Be aware, however, that you can also call a St Louis car accident attorney at Ryan R. Cox  & Associates, LLC for superior representation and effective advocacy proceeding.

If You Are Hurt by Others’ Negligence, Here’s What You Should Do…

  1. Knowing what to do after getting hurt can preserve a future claim for financial recovery, a St Louis personal injury attorney explains. Here’s why.

    Knowing what to do after getting hurt can preserve a future claim for financial recovery, a St Louis personal injury attorney explains. Here’s why.

    See a doctor ASAP – This can be crucial to your physical recovery, as it can result in you getting urgent, necessary treatments right away. This is also critical to documenting exactly how badly you were injured by the incident. Consequently, it can help you start getting some important evidence in place if you choose to file a case or claim later.

  2. Report what happened if necessary – Depending on what the event was that harmed you, it may be necessary to report the incident to some authority. For instance, car accidents should be reported to law enforcement officials, and slip-and-falls in retail stores should be reported to store managers (or some other authority). This is another way to establish some type of official documentation regarding what happened.
  3. Document your experience – Within a few days to a week of the event (and as soon as you can), write down or somehow record what happened during the incident that hurt you. Detail where and when the event occurred, as well as what took place before/during/following the incident. These details can be easy to forget with time, so make sure you have them noted as close in time to the event as possible.
  4. Keep everything – We mean everything related to the incident, including any reports you receive about the incident, any correspondence you get from insurers, the clothing you wore during the incident, etc.
  5. Meet with a lawyer to find out more about your options for financial recovery – This is important to finding out more about your options for compensation. It can also be critical to the success of your claim, as a lawyer will know how to preserve your entitlements to financial recovery.

Contact a St Charles & St Louis Personal Injury Attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

If you have been hurt in a traffic accident, contact an experienced St Charles & St Louis personal injury attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC today by calling (636) 946-6886 or (855)772-5291. You can also email us using the contact form on this page.

From our offices based in St Charles, our lawyers represent people in St Louis, Hazelwood, Florissant, O’Fallon, Saint Peters, Wentzville, Lake St. Louis, Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie, Weldon Springs, Foristell, Portage Des Sioux, Defiance, Augusta, New Melle, St. Paul, West Alton, Flint Hill, Josephville, and Weldon Spring Heights, as well as individuals throughout St Charles County, St Louis County and the state of Missouri.

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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