Lubbock Injury Lawyer
What to Do After an Accident Caused by Someone Else's Negligence
Each and every day, men, women, and children from all walks of life in
Lubbock are injured because of the negligence of someone else. The reality
is that no person is likely to make it through life without being injured
at least once because of the negligent conduct of someone or something else.
If you are injured in an accident, you need to understand what occurs in
the aftermath. Specifically, you need to know what you must do to protect
your rights and interests after an accident caused by someone else.
Document the Accident Scene
The first step to take following an accident is to fully and appropriately
document the accident scene. There are a number of elements at play when
it comes to documenting an accident scene
Before diving into these specifics, there at some realities about the aftermath
of an accident that can make documenting the scene easier said than done.
First and foremost, if you have been injured, you may be in no position
whatsoever to address the issue of documenting an accident scene in an
If there is someone with you at the time of an accident, that person likely
can accomplish much of what needs to be done. In the alternative, if you
happen to be unaccompanied, a third party at the scene may be able to
provide you with at least some assistance.
Exchange Contact Information with Other Party
A key matter to be dealt with at an accident scene is the exchange of basic
information. This includes the name and contact person of the other party
involved in the accident. If the accident occurs at a business, appropriate
contact information needs to be obtained for that enterprise.
Make a Video or Take Photos
An important step to take at an accident scene is making a video or taking
photos. With the ubiquitous availability of mobile devices capable of
videoing and photographing, this is something that usually can be accomplished.
A video, or photographs, should include the entire accident scene taken
from all possible angels. In addition, the video should include more close-up
vantages of key elements of the scene. Finally, when possible, injuries
should also be videoed or photographed.
Identify and Question Witnesses
Witnesses to the accident need to be identified at the scene as well. In
addition to garnering their names, you need to make sure comprehensive
contact information is obtained. If possible, you should take a statement
from them. The statements of witnesses can be recorded by video, together
with some written notes as well.
Begin a Log
Directly after the accident, begin keeping a log. The log should include
notations, along with dates and times, of anything material or relevant
to a case. For example, if you have a phone call with an insurance company,
log it. If you have a medical appointment, log it.
Seek Proper Medical Attention
You need to be sure to seek and obtain appropriate medical attention promptly
after an accident. With some luck you will not need to be taken away by
emergency medical personnel. However, that does not mean that you do not
require at least a medical evaluation, if not treatment.
If you fail to obtain proper medical treatment, and a readily addressed
problem becomes far worse, you not only cause yourself a health problem,
but a legal one as well. In the aftermath of an accident, you are required
to take steps to mitigate, of protect against aggravating, your injuries,
damages, and losses.
Retain an Experienced Lubbock Personal Injury Lawyer
One of the most crucial steps you need to take following an accident is
to retain the services of a Lubbock personal injury lawyer. The legal
team at The Doan Law Firm in Lubbock includes personal injury attorneys
who stand ready to assist you with your case.
A Lubbock personal injury attorney from the firm will schedule an initial
consultation with you at your convenience. The meeting can be held in
the conveniently located offices of the firm, at your home, or even at
the hospital if your circumstances require an attorney to come to you.
An appointment with an attorney from The Doan Law Firm can be scheduled
by calling the accident hotline at 806-557-0000. The telephone line is
available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The
Doan Law Firm makes sure the line is answered on all major holidays as well.
At an initial consultation, an attorney will provide a preliminary evaluation
of your case. A lawyer will answer any questions that you may have about
your accident, your injuries, the claims settlement process, or pursuing
a lawsuit. There is no charge for an initial consultation.
Contact information for The Doan Law Firm personal injury lawyer team:
4708 67th Street
Lubbock, Texas 79414