By: John A. Blyth
A personal injury is any wrong done to a person causing physical damage. If you suffer a serious injury, it is important to seek immediate medical treatment. A personal injury can occur for many reasons, including defective products, slip/trip and fall accidents, or medical malpractice. If you were injured and you believe another party is responsible for your damages, you may be entitled to compensation and the initial step involves taking legal action.
There are a lot of variables that factor into a claim, especially if you have ongoing treatment for your injuries. In general, a personal injury claim should cover medical care, lost wages, as well as non-economic damages for pain and suffering. Stress, anxiety, asbestos-related, and pulmonary conditions are also classified as “personal injury.” However, the two most common types of personal injury claims are motor vehicle accidents and on-the-job accidents.
Steps to Take after an Accident
If you are involved in an accident, the next step you should take is to conduct an investigation and preserve any evidence concerning the accident. It is important to identify witnesses, their names, and contact information. If possible, document the accident scene with photos and obtain copies of your medical records. If your accident happened at work, inform your employer as soon as possible and fill out the necessary forms. You will need this information for workers’ comp and/or insurance purposes. Most importantly, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, our New York personal injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to assist clients in pursuing compensation for injuries caused by the wrongdoing of someone else. If you or someone you love has been hurt due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, contact the experienced attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling us at (212) 779-0057.