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What You Should (and Shouldn't) Do After an Injury

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on February 29, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Do you know what you need to do if you've been injured in an accident? If you decide to file an accident injury claim or lawsuit, there's something you should be aware of.

You need to reduce your losses. This means you need to take appropriate action to make sure your losses are minimized -- not maximized.

If you don't, the defendant can try to reduce your damages award. So what should you try to do after an accident?

Try to find a job if you can no longer do your current work.

It's usually a plaintiff's obligation to try to find some other work if their injury makes their current line of work impossible. This doesn't mean you need to secure a position. But you should try.

Seek medical attention.

If you're suffering from an injury that a reasonable person would seek medical attention for, you probably should. If you don't, a defendant can try to reduce your recovery. This doesn't mean you need to go to the doctor just because your wrist is slightly sore. But it does mean that if you have sharp, unbearable pain you should probably seek professional help.

Complete necessary treatment.

When you go see a doctor for your injuries, they may advise you to take a certain treatment. If you flagrantly disregard their advice you may not be able to recover damages for harm you suffer because of your inaction.

If you've been injured in an accident, you may want to contact a personal injury attorney. They can advise you on proper steps you should take for your accident injury claim. They may also advise you on what you need to do to mitigate damages.

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