Accidental injuries can happen anywhere, and when they do we are seldom prepared. A slip, trip, or fall, a falling object, or being struck by or against something can leave us with serious and potentially disabling injuries and wondering what to do next. While you cannot always prevent an accidental injury from occurring, you can be prepared in the event that one happens. By knowing what to do in the event of an emergency, you can help minimize the potential impact these types of injuries can have on your life, while ensuring that you or your loved ones get the care and assistance you need.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 80 million people require medical care due to accidental injuries each year. While some of these injuries may require a simple trip to the doctor, over half of all injuries constitute a serious medical emergency requiring emergency care. Types of accident injuries which could potentially result in serious harm include the following:
- Muscle or tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
- Broken bones and multiple fractures;
- Cuts and lacerations;
- Thermal or chemical burns;
- Internal injuries, including damage to organs and body functions;
- Back and spinal cord injuries; and
- Head and neck injuries, including traumatic brain injuries.
It is important to remember when you have been hurt that even a seemingly minor injury can cause serious harm. According to the CDC, for roughly 200,000 people each year, accidental injuries prove fatal.
What To Do If You Have Been Injured
If you have suffered an accidental injury, there are certain steps you should follow to ensure your health is protected while also protecting your future interests in the event of an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit:
Get medical care immediately. Getting the care you need should always be your first priority. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, if you are not sure whether or not you need an ambulance, call 911 and let them assist you in assessing the seriousness of your injuries.
Notify the owner or a manager. If you have suffered an injury in a public place, such as a mall, grocery store, or restaurant, have someone notify a manager or the owner of the establishment immediately.
Pay attention to your surroundings. While you are waiting for help to arrive, take a mental note of your surroundings and the circumstances that led to your accident, such as a wet floor, uneven payment, or loose lighting fixture.
Take note of any witnesses. Be aware of any people around you who may have witnessed your accident. Have someone speak to these witnesses to get their names and contact information.
File an accident report. Either at the scene or after you have received medical treatment, be sure and file an accident report. This can be done either through the police, through security at the place you were injured, or both.
Speak with an attorney before making a statement to the insurance company. In the aftermath of your accident, you will likely be contacted by an insurance company requesting a statement. Be aware that insurance companies often attempt to deny or undervalue claims in order to save money, and any statements you make can be used against you. Before speaking with the insurance company or accepting any settlement offers, contact our experienced personal injury attorney.
Reach Out to Our Office for Help
If you know have suffered an accidental injury, contact our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys today. At Hogan Frick, our attorneys understand the serious and potentially life impacting damages that can result from these types of injuries. We can advise on the types of damages you may be entitled to receive, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We can assist you in holding responsible parties accountable so that you can get the compensation you deserve. Call us today for assistance.