OK – The holidays are now over, it’s now officially 2017, and we all (or at least I) face three cold, icy, miserable months ahead until we can hope for signs of spring. (Sorry to you ski-lovers for this description, but I’m made for summer.) Cold, ice, snow and slush make for dangerous conditions, whether it’s driving or walking. A lot of different types of accidents can happen in winter, most notably slip and fall accidents as well as car accidents. This being so, I thought a “Top Ten List” of what people should do right away if they’re injured, would be helpful, so here goes:
- First, get appropriate medical attention: Obviously, this is the most important thing after suffering a serious accident or injury. There are many types of injuries, where physical symptoms do not become immediately apparent, but instead take time to symptomize.
- If at all possible, use your smartphone to take pictures of the accident scene! If you are so badly injured that you cannot take pictures, and but there is a passenger or a witness who can take photos, have them do it. Also, have several photos taken of yourself, even if you are bleeding, or on a stretcher. It is extremely important to secure and preserve photographic evidence of an accident scene! While this may seem gory or extreme at first thought, such photos will become very important later on when the defendant’s insurance company claims that you were not seriously injured (which they almost certainly will.)