What Should You Do In the Event of Injury
Miami Personal Injury Lawyers Explain the Ideal Actions After an Injury
The very nature of accidents is you do not expect them, but that should not mean you are not prepared. Brais Law Firm is a respected personal injury law firm in South Florida. Our personal injury lawyers have more than 80 years of combined experience and have won more than $40 million in damages for clients during the past several years and tens of thousands more in the preceding years*.
Review the scenarios below to devise an effective plan of action after an injury. Also, read our Results page to learn more about us and our abilities.
Injuries at a Business or Another Person’s Property
- If you slip, trip or fall on property, notify the owner immediately.
- If at a commercial business, such as a store, restaurant, entertainment complex, sports arena, office building or gym, alert the person in charge.
- Also, take photos of the hazardous condition that caused your injuries.
- Whether you are the driver or passenger of a car or are a pedestrian or a bicyclist who gets hit by a car, make sure police make a report and you get the medical help you need.
- Call the police to assess the accident and file the report.
- Exchange insurance information with the other drivers.
- Take photos of the accident scene, the damage to the vehicles and conditions that may have contributed to the crash.
- Call 911 if anyone is seriously injured.
- Visit your doctor to receive medical care and to build a record of your injuries.
- Immediately notify your supervisor about your injuries, which is necessary to qualify for Florida workers’ compensation.
- If your injury required urgent care, notify your supervisor as soon as practicable about the accident.
- If you were working on a ship, seek treatment at the ship’s infirmary and notify the vessel’s officer in command, or for severe injuries seek treatment at the next port of call.
Accident While on Vacation
- If on a cruise, notify the nearest crewmember about your injuries and receive treatment in the ship’s infirmary, and consider obtaining treatment at the next port of call for serious injuries. The ship has a duty to evacuate you in an emergency.
- Contact the FBI if you were raped or sexually assaulted as a cruise passenger.
For All Accidents
- Collect names and contact information of witnesses.
- Request a short statement from witnesses, while their memories are fresh.
- Take photos of the area where you were injured, your injuries and any other relevant details. We recommend you take multiple photos from different angles.
- Keep a folder with copies of relevant documents, including police reports, medical records, diagnostic test results and witness statements.
- Follow-up with medical treatments recommended by your doctor, for your health and your case.
- Maintain a daily log of your accident, including the names and appointment dates of doctors, your level of pain, diagnostic tests, pharmaceuticals and any other relevant events.
- Call your lawyer as soon as you can to file your claim by the deadline and to allow the opportunity for a thorough investigation of your accident.
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Call Brais Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation to learn more about your rights and options. There is no risk to you under our contingency arrangement in which you do not pay for your lawyers’ advice until we recover damages. Visit us in our Miami, Boston or Houston office. Our lawyers are licensed to practice in Florida, Massachusetts and Texas.
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