If you have been injured by somebody else, and that injury has affected your health and your appearance, then it’s imperative that legal action is taken. If you do not take legal action against the person that has injured you, then they could go on to injure somebody else through their negligence. It’s also worth mentioning, if the person that injured you did so intentionally, then it is a criminal offense and the police must be contacted so that they can be punished.

This article will present six tips for handling injuries that have affected your health and appearance:

Acquiring On-Scene Evidence

The first thing that you need to do after you have been injured in an accident is to take evidence at the scene of the accident, which you can do by taking photographs, audio recordings, or videos. It is very important that you do this, especially if your accident took place in a remote or rural location. In addition to this, you should call the police if the accident was a car accident. The reason for this is that not only is it a legal requirement to call the police after a car accident, but also by doing so you will be able to get a written record of your accident taking place, which will be very useful when it comes to requesting compensation.

Requesting a Medical Certificate

The next step is to request a medical certificate from your physician or from an ER doctor. The only way to get a certificate from a doctor at the ER is to attend ER after your accident, either by yourself or by going in an ambulance. A medical certificate will prove that you have sustained injuries and that they were the other party’s fault. Insurance companies will need some kind of proof of injury before they issue any compensation. A medical certificate is indisputable proof that you were injured, and with your evidence taken from the scene, you will be able to mount a robust case, proving that you were injured and that it was not your fault.

Contacting a Trained Attorney

When all of this has been done, the next step is to contact a trained, professional attorney, who can represent you and ensure that you get the justice and compensation that you deserve. Attorneys practice all kinds of law and can be found in all U.S. states. For example, finding a stairway fall accident lawyer in New York won’t be any more difficult than finding a motorcycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles. Make sure that when you are searching for a lawyer you read their reviews, check out their accreditations, and do some research into their past. Ideally, you want to find out how long they have practiced, how seriously they take their practice, and what their customers think of the service that they offer.

Being Forthcoming and Honest

It is imperative to the success of your case that you are forthcoming and honest. If you are dishonest or tell any mistruths, then the attorney you are working with and the insurance adjuster that they are dealing with will not give you compensation. It is an insurance adjuster’s job to limit the amount of compensation that is paid to people. If they are given an excuse to refuse compensation, they will. An attorney will not be able to reverse their decision. The only way to still get compensation after an insurance company says no is to mount a lawsuit, taking them to court.

Treating Your Injuries

After all of this, you need to focus on treating your injuries and working on getting back to good health. Make sure to engage with your physician’s treatment plan. If you have suffered mental distress as a consequence of your injuries then you should try to find some kind of therapy program. Alternatively, you can speak to your physician and ask them to prescribe anti-depressants to you. If you allow mental distress to go unchecked, then you could end up making your condition worse.

Taking Time off to Relax

Finally, you need to take time off to recover and relax. This is part of your treatment. Especially serious injuries can take a long time to recover from. If you do not take time off of work, and time to recover, you can make your condition a lot worse, potentially causing unwanted side effects. Relaxation time not only helps you to recover from your injuries, but it also makes it easier for you to learn to manage your condition if it has changed your appearance or the way that you move around.

If you have been involved in an accident, and it has changed the way that you look or move, then you need to treat the ensuing lawsuit or compensation claim process properly. If you do not, you could wind up not getting justice for your injuries.