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Have you been injured? Learn what to do next.

Unexpected injuries come in many forms and when they do, it can be unsettling. Although instincts tend to kick in, it's always helpful to review the basics so that when you are in that dramatic moment, you can better react thoughtfully and deliberately. Here are the basics of what to do after an accident.

Stay Calm. The instant you are injured can be emotional and unsettling. You may tend to panic when you realize what's occured. Doing your best to stay calm, cool, and collected will better ensure you take the steps necessary to make the situation safe and to get you and others injured the help they need. If you are in harm's way, calmly do your best to move yourself and others to safety without further injury.

Assess Whether Anyone is Injured. Assess whether you or anyone else in the accident has been injured. Usually, adreniline is pumping after an accident and it's not always the best time to come to make this determination. When in doubt, call an ambulance or go straight to the emergency room. You may have injuries which will get considerably worse if untreated. As you've heard many times before, it's better to be safe then sorry.

Call the Police. If you have been in an accident, call the police. Law enforcement is trained to handle accidents and injury situations and will be assist with getting you the medical attention you need and in making the location safe for others. According to the FCC, 70% of 911 calls come from cell phones these days. Understand that when dialing 911, the operator may not know your location or even your phone number. Be sure to inform the operator of your cell number and precise location. Alternatively, you may contact the Massachusetts State Police by dialing *77 from your wireless phone. When the police arive, speak with the officers, follow their direction, and ask that a report be completed, regardless of the severity of the injury.

Do Not Admit Guilt. Although you may feel you had some responsibilty in the accident, it is important that you do not admit it at this point. This is not only the advice of an injury attorney, but it's the advice of almost every insurance carrier to their own policy-holders. Regardless what you feel about the responsibility, assessing liability can be a complicated legal process. An admission of responsibility before fully understanding the legal implication is admissible in court and will be heard by the jury in your case.

Speak with a Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorney before you Speak with Your Insurance Company. As soon as reasonably possible after your injury, call and speak with an injury attorney. Although your insurance company will ask that you call them before anyone, you simply need to become educated on your rights before providing them with a statement. Understand that, although you pay your insurance bill so that injuries will be covered, the insurance companies are in the business of making as much money as possible. This is done by collecting premiums and denying whatever claims they can. A typical way of denying a claim is based on the recorded statement given over the phone to an insurance adjustor. Do not inadvertently mispeak as to your actions, your injuries, and your account of what occured. Speak with an attorney in our firm today and learn your rights.

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