Whether you were injured on private, public or commercial property, you need to report your injury immediately to the proper authority. This may include EMS, fire department, and even police officers if they are called to the scene, to substantiate your claim. If you were injured on commercial property you need to ask to speak to the owner, manager, or other person in charge and complete an incident report if at all possible. Ask to obtain a copy of it after you are finished writing it as well. Take your time and fill out the report as thoroughly as possible and do not minimize your injuries because these early statements will be referred to later in your claim as evidence.
Reporting your injury to the proper authority will help document what happened, why it happened, how it happened, and the nature and extent of your injuries. It also will help prove who is negligent and needs to be held responsible. It will further serve to support the legitimacy of your claim and injuries later and preserve any evidence that is still available.
After you have received appropriate medical care, you should schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. When you contact us, we will discuss with you all aspects of your accident and injuries and give you some pertinent information and advice about making a claim. If you retain us to represent you, we will immediately conduct a thorough investigation to document the facts of what happened before any evidence is lost or destroyed. It will also prevent insurance company investigators and adjusters from contacting you directly to ask you questions and take recorded statements.