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Injuries are stressful. Trying to get someone else to pay for your injuries can be even worse.
But it doesn't have to be. Whether you've been in an auto accident, were attacked by a dog, or are the victim of a slip and fall, there are some easy things you can to do to lessen the headache.
In fact, you should try doing the following five things after an injury -- they'll help.
1. Seek medical attention. Do it, and do it as soon as you can. Your health is the most important thing. Plus, you help your case when you quickly seek medical attention after an injury.
It prevents the person responsible from diminishing your pain and from saying you made it worse.
2. Report your injury. If it's a car accident, call the police. If you've taken a tumble at a local retailer, have the manager file a report. You're going to need a copy of the report, too.
3. Identify witnesses. If possible, get the names and contact information of any eye witnesses. This includes bystanders and people who stopped to help. They may have crucial information.
4. Take notes. Soon after an injury, you need to write down your version of the events. What happened? What was the weather like? Was there a sign warning you not to step on the floor? How did you feel?
Continue to take notes as the incident resolves itself. If you're negotiating with a car insurance company or store owner, write down who you talk to, when and what about.
5. Keep records. File away all paper correspondence, bills, related receipts, medical records and doctor's notes. Track days of work missed, appointments, and anything that may help you negotiate.
If the party responsible for your injury doesn't cave when you present them with the above evidence, take it to an attorney. If it gets to this point, you'll likely be really glad you did the above after your injury.