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Guest Post: What to do if YOU are involved in a potential personal injury claim

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Most people do not prepare for the day when professional or medical negligence leaves them catastrophically injured.  More often than not, something unfortunate happens when it’s least expected and victims are left to learn for the first time how to pursue justice in a world that feels like it’s crumbling to pieces. 

This article seeks to help injured victims avoid feeling confused or alone by clarifying some of the most basic steps to take when suffering from personal injuries due to someone else’s negligence.

No.1: If you think you may be injured, seek medical attention!

It is not uncommon for injured victims to avoid going to the hospital or doctor’s office after a catastrophic incident. One reason for that is because often times, injuries are not always immediately apparent. When a traumatic experience occurs, most individuals are just happy to be conscious and alive. However, when faced with trauma, our bodies produce a substance known as adrenalin, which can mask the immediate pain that is felt from an injury.

Other times, people avoid seeking medical treatment due to associated stress and costs. No matter the reason, if you are involved in an incident in which you believe you may have been injured, it is vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Only a doctor can accurately diagnose your injuries and recommend a proper course of treatment.

No.2: After seeking medical attention, contact an attorney!

Determining whether you have a viable legal claim is often a complicated journey that injured victims have difficulty navigating alone. An unfamiliarity with the legal procedures and complications that may arise can cause difficulties for victims who need to recover damages to pay their medical bills and make up for lost wages.

Personal injury attorneys, like those at Messa & Associates, P.C., will work closely with injured victims through each step of the legal process. We will educate you about your legal rights, keep you informed about what to expect, and act as your advocate at each stage of a lawsuit.

Most importantly, contacting an attorney who will handle the legal aspects of your potential claim will allow you to focus on your injuries, your health, and your road to recovery.

No.3: Avoid using social media!

Social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram have come to touch nearly every aspect of our lives, including personal injury claims.
It is important for injured victims to be aware that nearly all the information posted on a social media forum is publicly available and may become available to the negligent party, his or her insurance company, and the opposing attorney. The statements and photographs that you post can call into question the nature of your injuries, whether you think that they relate to your claim or not.

The bottom-line is that in order to prevent any mischaracterizations about your claim or your personal injuries, it is best to stay off of social media while dealing with a personal injury claim.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are suffering from personal injuries due to someone else’s negligence, keep these tips in mind. Furthering your recovery and obtaining just compensation can be as easy as 1-2-3.

New Jersey and Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers

The attorneys at Messa & Associates fight every day for your rights as a citizen to just compensation for injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered the consequences of professional or medical negligence, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Messa & Associates for a free case evaluation. Our experienced and skilled attorneys are armed with the necessary resources and knowledge to successfully argue your case.

Call 1-877-MessaLaw or submit an inquiry online. Let Messa & Associates earn you the compensation you deserve.

About the Author

Ashley DiLiberto

Ashley DiLibertoAshley DiLiberto is a recent graduate of Delaware Law School at Widener University. She is licensed to practice law in Delaware and Pennsylvania and focuses that practice on catastrophic injury cases, including trucking accidents, drug products liability, and medical malpractice.View all posts by Ashley DiLiberto →

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