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What to do Following an Accident or Injury


Personal Injury

When an accident occurs, many of us simply do not know what to do next. Immediate concerns after an accident rarely include considerations of legal issues, medical bills, pain & suffering — we just want to survive that moment. During this post-accident chaos, it is easy to become overwhelmed, and in doing so we often forget to take even the most basic of actions. No matter what type of accident is involved, there are several important things to keep in mind. The Gainesville personal injury attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. offer the following tips on what to do following an accident or injury:

Stay Calm. As simple as the notion of remaining calm following an accident may sound, it is often the most overlooked, yet most important of post-accident considerations. By maintaining your composure, you will be able to determine the appropriate steps to take next.

Assess the Situation. Because every accident is unique, the need to take certain actions is highly dependent upon the particular circumstances involved. For example, an auto accident would clearly involve different post-accident procedures than an accident involving a dog or animal attack. Remain calm, and evaluate your surroundings.

Evaluate Yourself for Injuries. While some injuries may be obvious, the victims of accidents often sustain injuries that are not immediately apparent. What the victim may think is merely a bump, bruise, or ache, may actually be the sign of a serious internal injury or head trauma. If you are able, perform a quick, yet thorough self-evaluation from head to toe, prior to moving or attempting to help others.

Check for Additional Victims. Once you have checked yourself for injuries, check on the status of other persons involved. If you are unable to move, but can still speak, you can verbally communicate with other victims to determine their status. Continue to check the status of others until assistance arrives.

Secure the Safety of Yourself and Others. Sometimes it is necessary to move from the location of the accident or injury, in order to protect the safety of yourself and others around you. However, only do so if you are able to do so in a safe manner, and without causing further injury. If you feel that others may be at risk for a similar accident or injury, try to warn others, if the circumstances allow an opportunity to do so.

Contact the Appropriate Authorities. As a general rule, you should always contact law enforcement immediately following an accident. In some cases, it may be necessary to contact additional authorities within a certain time period following the incident. For example, when a dog bite occurs, the victim and/or dog owner typically has the duty to contact local animal control authorities. No matter what type of accident is involved, it is best to have the incident documented by a formal report prepared by the appropriate official(s).

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In the event that you or a loved one are involved in an accident, use of these simple procedures can be potentially life-saving. While no one can reverse an accidental event, you can do what is within your power to protect yourself, and those around you, from further or subsequent injury.

Once you have taken the appropriate and necessary steps at the accident scene, and after obtaining any necessary immediate medical treatment, you should then reassess the incident to determine potential remedies and ensure appropriate measures are taken to protect your legal rights.