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Sustaining a personal injury can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. Injuries are generally unexpected, so being in an accident may leave you feeling confused about how to proceed. Whether you are involved in a car accident or a non-vehicular accident, you will require the assistance of professional legal counsel to ensure justice and rightful compensation. Brathwaite Boyle Accident Injury Law offers the guidance you need to be sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

What to do After an Accident: Your Personal Injury Lawyer in Alberta Provides an Overview

It is normal to feel disoriented after an accident. Regardless of the cause or results, you will probably be at a temporary loss as to what you should do next. Consider the following steps to be a brief guide for taking action after you are injured:

  1. Seek Medical Attention – If your injuries are life-threatening, of course, emergency medical personnel should be immediately summoned. Your well-being should be your top priority, so even if you do not require emergency assistance, do not neglect to see a medical professional. You might have injuries that do not seem alarming initially, but that could cause chronic pain or other problems later.
  2. Exchange Contact Information – Be sure to exchange contact information with all the parties involved in an accident. Get the names and addresses of other drivers if you were in an auto collision. If your injury was not vehicle related, make sure that you record the contact information of the property owner or other relevant parties. 
  3. Identify Witnesses – If you are injured in a vehicle or under other circumstances, be sure to quickly identify any potential witnesses. Get their contact information as soon as possible, so they do not leave the scene before you have a chance. 
  4. Contact the Authorities – In any situation where an injury has occurred, you need to contact the authorities. You will need to file an official report, so the relevant insurance companies and legal professionals may refer to it later. Although your instinct may be to leave the scene and seek comfort or medical care elsewhere, you need to wait for the police to arrive on the scene. Paramedics should be called right away to attend to any injuries that require immediate medical attention.
  5. Document Everything – The best way to prove your case is to document everything that you can. Take photos of the scene as soon as possible. Document any medical expenses that result from the accident. Record anything that witnesses of the accident might report to you. As soon as it is available, ask for a copy of the police report. 
  6. Meet with a Lawyer – You are probably not an expert in personal injury law, and you don’t need to be. Your lawyer can guide you through the process and see that you receive adequate compensation for your injuries.

Be Sure to Set Yourself Up For Success After a Personal Injury Accident

You may have some time to report the accident to file an insurance claim, but you should start the process as soon as possible. Although you might not be penalized for failing to file within 24 hours, you could find it more difficult to receive fair compensation. If necessary, you may start a claim and resume it later. If you have any questions about the process or feel that fair compensation might not be awarded, do not hesitate to consult a lawyer at Braithwaite Boyle Accident Injury Law Firm. No matter how complex your case might be, we have the knowledge, skills and experience to act in your best interest.

We are among the leading accident injury law firms in Alberta. To book your free initial consultation with Braithwaite Boyle Accident Injury Law, please give us a call today. We have three locations throughout Alberta including Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer but can support you through accident claims occurring in Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories or the Yukon.

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