What are the steps I should take after I’m injured in an accident?

When it is appropriate to leave the scene of the accident, the first thing to do if you are injured is to get medical treatment. We can’t stress this enough. Your health should be your top priority.

Second, while you are being treated, make sure that your injuries are fully documented. If you are injured and you’re unable to keep track of this documentation, make sure you designate a family member or close friend to do so.

Once you’ve been to the doctor and the emergency room, the next thing you’ll want to do is to contact a personal injury attorney. You want to make sure that your personal injury lawyer can be on board from day one.

At Franks Gerkin McKenna, the most efficient and successful way for us to maximize the result is to be there from the get‑go and guide everybody along the process. Keep in mind that the insurance company for the at-fault driver will use everything you say against you moving forward, so call us before you talk to them. We can help you even after you’ve spoken with the insurance company, but know that a personal injury lawyer should be on board from the beginning.

Remember that you’re not paying your insurance to advocate for you. While they are kind, and the do probably care about your situation, at the end of the day your interests do not come first. As you work with a personal injury attorney, you’ll quickly realize that he or she is your advocate, looking out for you and your family from the beginning to the end.