What to Do When You’re Injured on Campus
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Posted By: Brooke Chaplan on September 15, 2021 |
As a college student, one of the last things you expect is to sustain an injury on campus. While most students will never have to deal with this scenario, it's always a possibility. Here are the steps you should take if you're injured on campus while attending college.
Seek Appropriate Medical Treatment
First and foremost, you need to seek any needed medical treatment for your injuries. Attending to your health and well-being is the first consideration, especially if you require emergency medical care as a result of the accident. Don't put off seeking medical treatment, as this can make the problem worse over time.
Document the Injury
Once you've attended to the immediate medical necessities of the situation, you need to document the injury by reporting it to your school. This should be done as soon as possible to ensure accurate reporting. If you were with other students or faculty when the injury occurred, you should also consider getting a brief statement from them, especially if you plan on filing an accident claim.
Get a Good Attorney
The next step in getting compensation for your injury is to enlist the help of a good attorney. Be sure to select an attorney who specializes in the type of injury case you're dealing with. If the injury was related to structural flaws in campus housing, for instance, a housing liability specialist may be needed. If the injury was related to an automobile accident, you'll need a specialized auto accident attorney. At this stage, it's also important to determine who is liable for the accident. While the school is the most likely liable party for accidents on campus, third parties may also be involved. Your attorney can provide you with the best advice on how to proceed.
File Your Claim and Negotiate
In almost any injury case, there's a good chance that the liable party will pursue a settlement with you. Be willing to negotiate and settle, provided the amount is reasonable. Again, your attorney can provide you with guidance on what is owed to you and what you should expect under the circumstances. If necessary, you can take the liable party to court. Most often, though, an actual day in court isn't necessary.
Navigating an on-campus injury case is tricky at best. By taking these steps, though, you can make the process easier on yourself. Above all else, remember to keep up with your studies as best you can while getting your injury claim sorted out. The injury case will end eventually, but it's still important to pursue your education to ensure your own future prosperity.
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