When you are in an accident, the first thing you should be concerned with is your safety and health. Seeking medical treatment should be your first priority. Yet it is also extremely important that you gather as much information as possible about the accident and those involved. If possible, designate a person you can trust to gather this information for you while you focus on your physical needs.
The information you should gather for any personal injury accident is essentially the same, regardless of whether it is a car accident, a slip and fall injury, a dog bite injury, or an injury on the job. The number one cause for not getting compensation for your injuries is a lack of information and evidence of liability or negligence. Information gathering from the start will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Names of Witnesses and Parties
You should gather the names of as many witnesses as possible. At the minimum, you should note their name and phone number. You will also need to get the names and contact information for any parties involved in the accident. If it is a car accident, get the information for the other driver and passengers.
If it is a personal injury accident that occurred on a company’s premises, get the number of the corporate office, the name and title of the person who was present or assisted you, and the name and title of the manager on duty. For dog bite injuries, make sure you gather as much information about the pet as possible, such as name and breed, as well as the owner’s contact information.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Taking pictures of the area of the accident can help prove fault or negligence. With a large percentage of Americans owning smartphones, taking pictures is easier than ever before. You should snap pictures of the hazards that caused the accident and any damage that was incurred.
If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident and aren’t sure you have gathered the appropriate information, seek help. Experienced attorneys in Myrtle Beach can evaluate your case and determine what additional information is needed to gain compensation. Contact us today for a consultation.