If you’ve come across this page, you’re likely dealing with personal injury. We can’t begin to imagine what you’re going through, but we do know that you’re experiencing all sorts of emotions, and we hope that you have a support group of family and friends to help you through this difficult time.
If you’re dealing with personal injury for yourself or a loved one, it’s important for you to take as much time to recover and build support to get through this difficult period of your life. You may find yourself with many questions — everything from getting proper medical care to support groups and negligence claims.
In a series of Q&As, we will answer questions and share resources to help you as you’re dealing with personal injury. This is the first article. We’ll cover why personal injuries happen, what to do first and how to stay strong.
What are the most common types of causes of a “personal injury?”
There are many different events that can result in a potential personal injury claim. Some examples are below. More detailed information is contained in those links below.
• New Jersey Trucking accidents and automobile crashes
• New Jersey medical malpractice and negligence
• New Jersey defectively designed or manufactured products
• Workplace accidents
• Aviation accidents
• Motorcycle accidents
• Truck accidents involving tractor trailers or big rigs
What should I do first after a personal injury?
Every action you take after being injured can have major consequences later — positive or negative. A personal injury lawyer might not be the first person you need to call, but you should get legal advice early.
With that said, our philosophy is safety first. Here’s a short checklist of what to do:
1. Seek medical help immediately. Even if you don’t think your injuries are serious, see your doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries may not surface for days or even weeks after the accident, so it’s best to make sure you catch any minor injuries before aggravating them.
2. If necessary, file a police report. If you were involved in a car accident, check to make sure a police report was filed at the time of the incident. If it wasn’t, notify the police immediately. You’ll want to get all the details into the official report.
3. Collect names and contact information. Make sure you have the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone involved in the incident as well as any witnesses.
4. Gather information. Take pictures of your injuries and gather any documents you think you’ll need.
5. Start a journal. The best way to keep track of the mental/emotional impact of the injury is to keep a daily journal describing how the accident is affecting you and your immediate family. You should also write down all your expenses, notes, transportation costs, lost wages and any other relevant details.
6. Consult with a personal injury lawyer. It’s important to discuss your case with a lawyer before you fill out any insurance forms, sign any checks, or meet with anyone else. You can request a free case evaluation with a personal injury lawyer by filling out the Free Case Evaluation form on the left side of this page.
7. Contact family and friends. Your friends and family will want to know what happened, and you’ll want them by your side to help you through each step of the process.
With so many things that must be done, ask your closest friends to help with the day-to-day activities that you simply may not have the energy, willpower or physical ability to do. These people can help you take the first steps of this challenging process.
Be strong when dealing with personal injury
If you’ve suffered a serious injury, you’re lucky to be alive. You also might be in the fight for your life, which is the ultimate test of both your mental and physical strength.
To make it through, you’ll need to have the utmost support from your family and friends. When everyone works together and shares their love and support, miracles can and do happen. Whatever the obstacles, know you can get through them. Take it one day at a time and focus on what you can control. Stay positive.
Know that others are dealing with personal injury
Although this may not give you much comfort, you should know that you are not alone. Right now there are families who are going through exactly what you and your family are going through.
Part of life is facing hardships and challenges. You’re not alone and there are resources that can help you and your family.
One great resource for someone dealing with personal injury is the “Inspirational Stories” section on MotivateUs.com. You can scroll through reader-submitted stories dating back to 1998. Readers shared them to help people like you.
What if my personal injury was caused by the negligence of another? We can help
This is just the beginning of a long, emotional process. It’s important to take it one step at a time. “If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it comes one moment at a time,” said Beth Mende Conny.
Although this page was intended to give basic information and resources about dealing with personal injury, many times families want to know what their legal rights are if a loved one’s was hurt as the result of medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, a car crash or other negligence.
If you have more questions about this issue and/or negligence claims, we’d like you to visit our other pages on New Jersey personal injury question and answers.
We hope we can help you.
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