If you have been injured, you need to contact an attorney. However, if you can't immediately speak to an attorney, keep the following in mind:
Anything that you say verbally or in writing can be misunderstood and used against you in court. So, whenever possible, avoid discussing the incident with anyone until after you have contacted a lawyer (exceptions would be police and emergency personnel at the scene).
Certainly, do not talk with an insurance company investigator!
To file a lawsuit, the law will require that you give up your medical records to the opposing side's attorney or insurance company. Those records are admissible in court and can be used against you. For that reason, be very careful that medical personnel do not misunderstand when you tell them how you were hurt. Medical personnel rarely write down what you say word for word, and will usually describe how your injury occurred with, at most, one sentence. Remember, attending medical personnel do not care about potential lawsuits. You may want to ask them what they wrote down to make sure they write down the incident correctly.
Take steps to immediately preserve all evidence. If you slipped and fell because of snow and ice, take pictures of the condition. If you were hurt by a defective product, see that the product is kept safe so that it can be examined in the future. Get photographs of your injuries and whatever caused your injuries, as soon as possible. Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses.
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