What Do I Do Following an Accidental Injury or Death?

Obtain names, adresses, and telephone numbers of all witnesses.

Photograph the scene where the injury occurred and any visible injuries (cuts, bruises). Professional photographs are preferable, but not essential.

Talk to no one about the accident or injuries other than your personal physician or laywer.

Consult a lawyer before answering questions from insurance company representatives.

Tell your personal physician exactly how the injury occurred, and describe all symptoms and complaints. Be sure to report memory problems, confusion or disorientation, however minor these things may seem at the time.

Begin keeping a diary of how the injury or death affects your life and your family. In particular, write down the activities that you cannot do or are missing because of your injuries.

Obtain and keep receipts for all expenses relating to the accident.