What do I do After an Accident?

After suffering injuries at the fault of someone else, it’s common to have questions about what comes next. Understandably, in the moments right after your accident, you are not thinking about what happens during the personal injury claims process. Nor should you.


That’s what your skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer is for, to help guide you through the complex legal process. A law firm can help guide you and get you back on the right path.


What is a Personal Injury Claim?


When you are injured by someone else or on someone else’s property, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against them for your injuries. If they acted negligently, recklessly, or carelessly, you may be able to hold them liable for your injuries and subsequent medical bills.


The process by which you do this is a legal process called a personal injury claim. You must prove that the other party had a duty to keep you safe and their action, or inaction, resulted in your injuries where you have suffered damages. 


What Steps do I Take After the Accident?


Personal injuries are caused by countless accidents. These include:

  • Slip and fall
  • Gunshot
  • Car accident
  • Products liability
  • Premises liability
  • Scooter accident


While your injuries may have been caused by one of the accidents listed above or a different one, the steps you take after your accident are similar.


  1. Call 911
  2. Take pictures
  3. Speak with witnesses
  4. Seek medical attention
  5. Keep a daily journal
  6. Contact a lawyer


Do I Really Need a Lawyer?


Personal injury claims are complex legal procedures often requiring the use of expert witnesses, depositions, hearings, settlement negotiations, and trials. Attempting to handle your personal injury case all while also trying to physically heal, is not something anyone recommends.


You deserve to have a skilled and trusted personal injury attorney fighting to protect your rights and maximize your compensation. Most likely, you’ll be up against large insurance companies with teams of lawyers. You need to have someone equally aggressive and experienced fighting for you.


How Much is my Case Worth?


This might be the most common question we get from clients and it all depends on many factors, including:

  • The type of accident you were in
  • The amount of time spent in the hospital
  • The number of surgeries required
  • Time out of work
  • Your lost wages
  • Your medical bills


The value of your claim is an estimate because the majority of your expenses will come later. This includes additional doctor visits, rehabilitation, and prescription medication. We want to help you ensure you do not pay a dime out of your own pocket for any of these expenses. You did not cause the injuries so you should not bear any responsibility for the costs it takes you to recover.


A Law Firm can Help You Maximize Your Compensation


We know it’s a confusing time after your accident. We also know that a personal injury lawyer in Miami, FL can help you recover from their injuries, hold the at fault parties liable, and recover damages for their suffering.


Thanks to Needle & Ellenberg, P.A. for their insight into personal injuries and what to do after an accident.