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Making a personal injury claim after an accident

Being involved in a car accident or any other form of personal injury can be both a terrifying experience and a stressful one. There can be many different aspects of a distressing nature in personal injury, because beyond the physical harm that you suffered is the stress of potentially losing income, the cost of the medical expenses and the emotional trauma that could last for years.

When you are first involved in an accident, it is important to carry out some basic steps to make sure that you take care of yourself and are safe. Arrange an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible after the injury, even if you don't suspect that there are any serious problems.

If you believe that there is someone to blame for your accident -- for example, if you were involved in a car accident that you believe was another driver's fault -- you should make sure not to give any information whatsoever to the at-fault driver's attorney or insurance provider. Make sure all communication is done through your insurance provider or attorney.

If you have been involved in an accident and believe that it would not have occurred if it wasn't for another person failing to fulfill his or her duty, you are likely to be able to make a personal injury claim in order to be reimbursed for any damages that resulted from the accident in question.

Making a personal injury claim is not the same as a lawsuit. It is simply an effort to recoup the damages that you suffered from the person or entity that caused the damages.

Source: Findlaw, "Personal injury faq," accessed Oct. 13, 2017

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