Have you been hurt in a car accident, a slip or fall, or any other kind of injury suffered at the negligence of others? Are you considering filing a personal injury case? Have you contacted an attorney?
Generally the time right after you have been injured in a slip or fall or an accident can be the most stressful. And if you’re like most people making decisions under stress leads to bad decisions. Get healthy first and when you are ready you can begin thinking about pursuing a personal injury claim for your injuries. According to experts there are some steps that are universal to all personal injury cases and will help you better prepare for meeting with your attorney as he or she will try and determine damages.
- Collect evidence that can point to who caused the accident, as well as the damage caused by the accident. Photographs are useful here.
- Write down everything that has happened to you after the accident. This may include things like medical bills, hospital visits, any lost work or wages, etc.
- Be sure to get the names and contact information of any witnesses that may have observed the accident. Contact these people to confirm their contact information.
- If you speak to other people that were involved in the accident, be sure to take notes about your conversation.
- Tell anyone that you may file suit against that you are planning on filing a claim for your injuries and property damage.
How long do you have to file your claim?
As long as you are not filing a suit against the government or a government agency there generally is no set time limit to which you have to notify the person of your intention to file a lawsuit. However, if you file your claim quickly you dramatically increase the chances of resolving your claim faster than if you wait.
Where Can I Get Legal Help?
Most attorneys that practice personal injury law will review your case at no charge. It’s best to take advantage of this and interview more than one attorney. You will be working closely with your attorney as you work through this case and it’s important that you have an attorney that you trust, respect and get along with.