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Editorial Library Category: Legal | Personal Injury Topics: Injury Accidents Title: Injury Accidents and You Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: For most people today, there are two kinds of accidents that might occur. One is a car accident, and the other is a fall, especially a fall that happens because you slipped or tripped. It can be difficult to know what to do right after an accident. Editorial: Injury Accidents and You 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 For most people today, there are two kinds of accidents that might occur. One is a car accident, and the other is a fall, especially a fall that happens because you slipped or tripped. It can be difficult to know what to do right after an accident. You could be upset; you may be in shock. It might take a little while to calm down, get medical help, and assess the damage. But decisions made after an accident can have serious and long-lasting consequences later, so it’s important to make sure your decisions are the right ones. First and foremost, obviously, is getting appropriate medical help. But you also need to think carefully about the circumstances around the accident. Could it have been prevented in some way? Or was it unavoidable? The answer to that question will decide whether you are entitled to possible compensation. For a car accident, circumstances are always the key. Was the accident your fault, the other driver’s fault, or a combination of the two? If the other driver caused the accident, it could be that the other driver may have to compensate you for the cost of your medical care, your pain and suffering, the damage to your car, and any wages you lose because of being unable to work. Was the other driver reckless? Was drinking or other substance abuse involved? If so, you can possibly consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. If you slip and fall, or trip and fall, the question is whether someone failed to do something that should have been done to prevent injury. For example, if it snows and a restaurant doesn’t shovel the sidewalk promptly and regularly, as well as salt the ground to prevent ice from forming, then your fall was probably preventable. Documenting the accident can be the difference between winning and losing, so be sure to keep detailed records. Use your cell phone or a camera to take pictures when it is appropriate. Take notes every time you talk with someone about the accident so that you’ll know when you spoke, the name of the person you talked to, and the gist of the conversation. If you meet with someone in person, get a business card and save it. Navigating the days and months after a serious accident can be confusing and overwhelming. You don’t have to file a lawsuit immediately. It may not be clear to you, for example, just how serious the accident actually was until later. However, what is important is this: know your rights and your options. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, call our office. We can help. Sources: Word Count: 444 Copyscape Clear Date: 06.24.2013

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