It’s no secret that accidents can happen at any time. We focus more on what we may be dealing with physically that we tend to forget there are other things that need to be done. Handling the legal aspects of a personal injury claim can be not only stressful but also challenging. Types of personal injury claims include automobile accidents, slip, and fall accidents or even defective products.
There are many different steps you can take after a personal injury to prepare you for the road ahead in filing a claim or even a lawsuit.
Here’s a list of the utmost important tips you NEED to follow.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
This is a no-brainer. You should make sure to get medical attention before you file a claim. Not doing so can sometimes reduce the number of damages you are able to recover or it may even cause you to lose your case. Also having a medical professional check you over will not only help your case out but it will also help you determine what kind of personal injury you have and steps on how to make sure you don’t cause any further injuries.
File A Police Report
It is crucial that this step is done. You need these records of important information which include names and contact information of other parties that were involved. The police report itself can serve as a record of important facts and can also be used in court if necessary.
Be Careful What You Say
Sometimes silence really is the best option. When something as traumatic as an accident happens, it can send us over the edge with emotions and even rage. You should exercise discretion when speaking with the other party. Also, be mindful of posting anything online. Once something is posted it falls prey to the internet and that could turn ugly for you.
Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines
File a claim in a timely manner. You only have a certain amount of time after an accident to file with the courts. You should look into the “statute of limitations” which varies depending on the state you live in and the type of accident. Once the statute of limitations has expired, you may not be able to file your claim anymore.
Hire A Lawyer
Not all personal injury lawyers are the same. One may be more suitable for your situation than another. However, there are personal injury lawyers who cover a number of different types of personal injury cases. Hiring a Tampa personal injury attorney will not only be good for you in the long run but it’s good to have someone present who can explain things on legal documents to you before signing them. Remember your case is unique, so you will want to do research on who you choose to represent you.
I hope this post helps you with taking the necessary steps to make sure you have a win-win kind of personal injury case. Even the slightest mistake can hurt you in the long run. While I have suggested only 5 tips, keep in mind that there are many more you should probably look into and follow.