Steps To Take If Injured
Eisenberg Law Offices, S.C.
December 4, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wisconsin Law Firm Offers Drivers Steps to Take if Injured in an Accident
Madison, Wisconsin – Eisenberg Law Offices, S.C. releases critical information to area drivers on important things they should do if they are injured in a car accident. As the winter and holiday season begins, Wisconsin drivers should follow these recommendations in order to protect their legal rights in an accident. In the event that an injured person wishes to seek compensation for injuries sustained, these precautions can improve their Wisconsin Personal Injury case.
Eisenberg Law urges drivers to call the police immediately. Wisconsin police officers are required by law to complete an accident report for any collision involving personal injuries. Photograph any vehicle damage and injuries as soon as possible, and continue to take photos of injuries throughout the process, both with and without bandages, casts or splints. Record the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any witnesses to the accident. Victims should keep claim details private and should not make any statements to insurance company investigators. Any statements related to the accident can be used in court.
After an accident report is completed, victims are encouraged to seek medical attention immediately. Seeing a doctor on a regular basis is recommended; long gaps in medical treatment can be harmful to a personal injury case. Victims should note that the value of a claim is largely dependent on the quality of medical information documenting the nature, extent and cause of all injuries. Victims are advised to see a medical doctor rather than a specialty doctor like a chiropractor, unless recommended by the patient’s medical doctor. Victims should also keep any medical appliances, such as casts or braces.
Recording all details like out-of-pocket expenses, property damaged in the accident, prescription co-pays and over-the-counter medications is highly recommended. Victims should keep track of lost earnings and document days and hours of missed work as well as their spouse’s lost hours. Journaling events that surround the accident will help victims recount specific details as well as the severity of the victim’s injuries, but should only be done at your attorney’s direction, not before.
In Wisconsin, most personal injury actions are required to be filed within three years of the date of injury. Missing the deadline can result in zero compensation. Victims are urged to hire a knowledgeable attorney who is well-versed in Wisconsin personal injury cases. A Wisconsin personal injury attorney will obtain all necessary documentation for injuries and damages and seek the maximum possible settlement or verdict based on the circumstances.
For more information on Wisconsin personal injury claims, contact Eisenberg Law Offices, S.C. at 608-256-8356 for a free consultation or visit www.eisenberglaw.org. The lawyers at Eisenberg Law Offices, S.C. have been representing injured people for more than 25 years and have obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.