An accident can leave behind serious injuries, property damages, and mental anguish and trauma. If you believe that someone else caused your accident with their actions or through negligence, they need to be held accountable. It can be tough to focus on immediately in the aftermath, but properly documenting all of your injuries and expenses can help you do this. Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys can assist you with the rest.
What Should I Do After My Accident?
There are a few things that you should do if you are able to after an accident. Taking these steps now can make it easier to build a case later:
Take pictures: Take pictures of your injuries and damage to your vehicle, but also think about anything else that could be relevant. For example, if you get injured in a car accident you can take pictures of the street lighting, showing that it is inadequate and may have contributed to the collision. If you are injured as a pedestrian, you can take pictures of unsafe sidewalk conditions. If you get hurt in a slip and fall, you can take pictures showing the hazard and lack of warning signs.
Keep all bills: Maybe you are not the most organized person around, but now is the time to make sure that you are keeping all relevant bills, receipts, and other documents together so that you can track expenses and show exactly how much an accident cost you. When you receive a medical bill, an estimate for repairs to your car, or anything else, put it all together in one folder so that it is easy to access later.
How Can I Properly Document My Injuries?
You should also take the time to properly document your injuries and what you are feeling. Sometimes our clients think that it is a silly suggestion at first, but we recommend that you keep a journal and write down how you are feeling after your accident. You can note things like:
- Pain from your injuries
- Mental distress
- An inability to participate in activities that you once loved
The more specific you are about the ways that the accident and your injuries have affected you, the easier it can be to fight for compensation.
How Much Time Do I Have to Pursue Compensation After an Accident?
You have just two years to pursue damages after an accident in New Jersey. That can seem like a lot of time, but we recommend acting quickly. You do not want to lose your chance to sue for compensation, and acting quickly can also give your lawyer more time to build an effective case.
Schedule a Free Consultation
If you are ready to pursue a personal injury case, contact the team at Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC. We can schedule a consultation and tell you more about your legal options. Then we can get ready to fight for compensation with you.