St. Louis Personal Injury Checklist Part 3
Part 3: Burn Accident Checklist
How to Protect Yourself if You Are Injured:
Our attorneys know understand that nobody ever plans for an accident such as being badly burned. Often times victims feel powerless. However, you can actively take steps to better ensure a favorable outcome after your burn.
Part 3 of Stlouisinjuries.com Personal Injury Checklist is dedicated to Burn Accidents. Your actions, both at the scene of your personal or workplace burn accident, can have a significant impact on your personal injury claim. In order to maximize your chances of recovery, you should quickly contact a professional personal injury attorney and work together to gather the evidence that is crucial to support your case.
Preserving physical evidence and witness statements is crucial both for establishing the liability of the negligent parties as well as for proving the causation and extent of your injuries. Obtaining witness statements and contact information, taking photographs, and taking notes at the scene can swing a case in your favor. Additionally, those claims in which this critical evidence has been preserved are almost invariably easier to settle at fair value. In the event your claim proceeds to trial, the evidence you’ve collected becomes even more valuable as the basis of proof of liability and damages.
Our experienced attorneys have compiled a checklist of the pieces of evidence for you to gather should you ever find yourself the victim of a personal or workplace burn accident. The earlier the evidence is collected and the more evidence that is obtained, the better chance you have of seeing a desirable outcome. And if you, the injured person, or a loved one has already begun to put this information together, you will have an even earlier jump on the process.
Every case is unique and the necessary evidence is not always obvious. Our checklist is designed to assist you in maximizing the amount and value of evidence collected, however these checklists can’t include every type of evidence possible. Below are the tools you need to jump start your claim:
- Gather the names of as many people who saw your accident as is possible.
- Take note of their contact information such as a phone number so they can be reached by your attorney in the future.
- Take down any information the witness(es) might be able to provide regarding your burn accident and their account of what they saw.
- If you can, revisit the scene of your accident several times at the same time at which the accident took place. People generally have a routine and will often be in the same place again at the same time, allowing you to take their statement if you were unable to do so at the time of your accident.
- Determine if an accident report was generated. If so request a copy.
- DO NOT admit fault to anyone after your accident. Remember to focus on gathering witness statements, as opposed to recounting your version of events.
- Whether your burn accident occurred at work, or in public, it is important to photograph the location of your accident as soon as possible. Taking photographs immediately after the accident captures the condition of the location at the time you were injured.
- Photograph your injuries. This is one of the most valuable pieces of evidence you can preserve for yourself and your attorney to ensure you receive the most favorable outcome for you burn accident.
- Look around you and photograph any warning or caution signs you see in the location of your burn accident. This too is important evidence.
- Don’t be afraid of taking too many photographs. Your attorney will decide what will aid your claim and what is not necessary. It is always better to have the photos, whether they are used or not.
Once you have collected your evidence using our checklist, or if you feel that you need professional help, contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys at stlouisinjuries.com to maximize your chances of recovery. Our number is (314) 878-2537 or toll free at 1-800-371-8220. Be sure to return for the other checklists regarding other types of personal injury claims. It’s important to know how to properly handle any personal injury situation that might arise.