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Do’s and Don’ts After an Injury 

Oleen Law Firm  Feb. 28, 2024

At Oleen Law Firm, we believe that knowledge is power. When it comes to personal injuries, knowing what to do — and what not to do — can make a significant difference in your case. We've brought together our collective experience of over 50 years to guide you through the crucial steps you need to take after an injury.  

The Do’s After an Injury 

Whether you've experienced a minor mishap or a severe incident, your actions immediately following an injury can shape your path to recovery and impact your legal standing. The following points lay out the essential actions you should take to protect your well-being and ensure your rights are safeguarded in the wake of an accident. 

Seek Immediate Medical Attention 

It's imperative you seek immediate medical attention after sustaining an injury. Sometimes, the severity of your injuries isn't immediately apparent, and delaying medical treatment can worsen your condition. Moreover, a prompt medical check-up creates a record of your injuries, which can be vital evidence for a personal injury claim. Ensuring your well-being is paramount, but it also strengthens your case. 

Contact the Authorities 

We cannot stress enough the importance of reporting the incident to the authorities. This step is especially crucial in cases involving other parties. By creating an official record of the event, you can provide valuable evidence for a personal injury claim. Authorities can also provide assistance to help ensure the situation is appropriately addressed. 

Document Everything 

When it comes to personal injury cases, the devil is in the details. Document everything related to the incident and your injuries. This includes taking photographs of the accident scene, gathering witness statements, obtaining copies of medical records and bills, and keeping a record of any expenses or losses incurred. Detailed documentation strengthens your case and helps establish the extent of your injuries and their impact on your life. 

Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer 

We highly recommend consulting with a personal injury lawyer after an injury. A skilled attorney can provide valuable guidance and protect your rights throughout the legal process. They can assess the strength of your case, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent your best interests in court if necessary. Hiring a personal injury lawyer increases your chances of obtaining fair compensation for your injuries and losses. 

Preserve All Physical Evidence 

The physical evidence of an accident can be a powerful tool in any personal injury case. It is crucial to keep any clothing, personal items, or other objects that were involved in or damaged during the incident. These items should be kept in the same condition they were in immediately following the event, without any alterations or repairs. Such evidence can provide tangible proof of the circumstances surrounding your injury and help establish an accurate representation of your claim. 

The Don’ts After an Injury 

Navigating the aftermath of an injury involves not only taking the right actions but also avoiding certain pitfalls. The following are critical missteps to steer clear of after an injury, which could potentially harm your case and overall recovery. 

Don't Neglect Your Health 

One of the most critical "don'ts" after an injury is neglecting your health. It is crucial to prioritize your well-being and follow through with any recommended medical treatments or follow-up appointments. Neglecting your health can not only worsen your condition but also weaken your personal injury claim if it is later discovered that you did not seek appropriate medical care. 

Don't Discuss the Incident Publicly — Including Social Media 

We advise against discussing the incident publicly, especially on social media platforms. Anything you say or post online can potentially be used against you by insurance companies or the opposing party. It's best to refrain from sharing details or opinions about the incident until your personal injury case is resolved. Instead, focus on communicating with your attorney and the trusted individuals directly involved in your case. 

Don't Accept Quick Settlement Offers 

When dealing with insurance companies, it's important not to accept quick settlement offers without consulting a personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies may try to minimize their financial liability with low initial offers. However, these offers often do not adequately compensate for the full extent of your injuries and losses. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand the true value of your claim and can negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf. 

Don't Sign Anything Without Legal Counsel 

It's crucial not to sign anything related to your personal injury case without legal counsel. This includes documents, waivers, or any agreements presented to you by insurance companies or the opposing party. Signing without proper legal guidance can have serious consequences and may limit your ability to seek full compensation for your injuries. Always consult with a personal injury lawyer before signing any documents to protect your rights and ensure you make informed decisions. 

Don't Face This Without Legal Support 

At Oleen Law Firm, we're here to help. Led by Bentson Robert Oleen and Kent Ellis Oleen, our team is committed to providing individual, personalized legal advice and representation to our clients in Manhattan, Kansas, and throughout Junction City. Our experience and dedication shine through in our effort and knowledge, helping you face your situation with confidence and ease.