Accidents can happen at anytime, but handling the legal aspects of a personal injury claim can be challenging. Personal injury claims can come from a variety of accidents including car accidents, defective products, slip and fall accidents, and more. These types of claims can often end up being legally complex in nature. The following information discusses personal injury claim tips and what you should do if you have been injured in an accident.
Get Medical Attention
If you are injured, either go to the hospital or see a doctor right away. First and foremost, you need to take care of your body. Be advised that if you do not seek medical attention after an accident then the amount of damages you are able to seek will likely be lower.
File A Police Report
This ensures that key information is on the record and available as evidence when it comes time to process your claim or go to court. Not having a police report might be the difference between you getting rightful compensation rather than no compensation at all.
Be Careful What You Say
What you do and say at the scene of an accident will directly impact your claim. Less is more and let the law decide who is at fault. This will help your case in the long run.
Keep Good Records
Keep accurate records of all costs and expenses related to the injury. These may include hospital bills, medical diagnosis statements, bills related to property damage, and insurance records. You may also need to maintain records of lost wages if the injury has caused you to miss work.
Be Careful With Insurance Companies
Be cautious when dealing with insurance companies. Hire an experienced injury attorney and do not speak with them unless instructed to do so.
Read Before Signing
Before signing any documents, be sure that you fully understand them. If you are unsure how these documents may impact you in the long run, do not sign them. If you are unsure what to do, consult with your personal injury attorney.
Do Not Settle By Yourself
In a personal injury claim, the insurance company will likely want to settle with you outside of court. While this is standard, it can be a complicated process to do on your own. Having a legal expert review the settlement can help to make sure that you are getting a fair deal from the insurance company. It is highly recommended that you have the settlement reviewed and not settle on your own.
Be sure to file your claim in a timely fashion. Nearly every state has a statute of limitations, which can vary depending on the state. The statute of limitations only gives you a certain amount of time in which to file your claim, depending on what type of accident you were in. Once the statute of limitations has passed in your state, then your chance to file your personal injury claim has expired.
Research what type of attorney will be best for you and your personal injury case. Not all personal injury attorneys are exactly the same. Some attorneys specialize in certain fields and others will represent general injury cases. You may find that there is one particular type of personal injury attorney that is best suited for your case.
This is the biggest thing you can do right for your lawsuit. Find an advocate whom you trust and who is competent in the field of your injury. If you have been injured and are thinking of filing a personal injury lawsuit, consulting with an experienced attorney about your case should be your first step. Contact our office today for a consultation.