The very first thing you do when you suffer from a personal injury is to seek medical treatment. In case you are in a car accident, you are supposed to call the police as well or ask someone else to do so if you are not in the condition of doing it.
Tell the police that there was a car accident and that you are injured and about others if there are injured people in the same accident. If you are injured in a slip and fall, tell the people who run the business where you were hurt and either call an ambulance or go to a hospital or doctor.
Next, depending on the situation, gather as much information as possible. Clearly you want the name, address, and phone number of anyone who was involved in your personal injury situation such as the other driver and passengers when you are hurt in a car accident. In case of slip and fall, get the name, address, and phone number of the workers at the business where you were hurt. In all cases, you also need to get the name of any insurance company, insurance agent, and policy number. In addition, you need to get the name, address and phone number of any witnesses.
You must tell the police or the workers where you were hurt what happened, but do not say that it was your fault or that you were not injured. This is not to say that you should lie for the reason that you should not lie. This is simply to say that you should not jump to conclusions yet. It is not unusual in car accidents for the investigation to reveal that the other driver did something to cause the accident. In slip and fall cases, it is not unusual to find out that the surface had not been maintained and something caused you to fall. Also, it is not unusual for people to suffer the soft tissue injury which makes them very sore the day after the accident or fall. So you just do not jump to the conclusions and say something that may later turn out to be against you in the case.
After you have received medical treatment and have an understanding of what happened, then you can pursue your personal injury claim by contacting the other person’s or business’ insurance company. Here it is vital that you contact a personal injury lawyer to file a case on your behalf.