It’s a fact that an accident can happen anywhere at any time. You could be traveling to work, or running an errand or even just getting some milk from a store. You could be alone or with family and friends, on vacation, at the gym or simply walking through the park. One minute you’re fine, the next you have suffered an injury that, depending on its severity, could change your life. You may not feel up to launching an injury lawsuits straight away but you need to bear in mind that there is a relatively short personal injury statute of limitations in some states and that time can have passed before you know it.
Why You Need to Hire a Lawyer as Quickly as Possible
There are several reasons why you should see a lawyer sooner rather than later. If you are too sick to make the visit yourself your next of kin can do it on your behalf. One of the main reasons why speed is of the essence is the witness statements. You need to get these done while the incident is fresh in their memory. Many compensation claims have been lost by these being done too late and vital information being forgotten. The quicker you get the lawsuit filed the quicker it will be resolved and the quicker you will receive your compensation. If your injuries are such that you cannot work and face financial difficulty it is in everyone’s best interests to get it done pronto.
What You Can Expect
Every accident is different and every injury carries different levels of compensation. Your personal injury lawyer will be highly knowledgeable and won’t make any false promises. As well as compensation for the accident itself, your lawyer will look at long term consequences. You may need further medical care or even ongoing treatment. You can claim compensation to include the cost of these so you can get the treatment you need without worrying about the costs involved. You can also claim for loss of wages if you have had to take long term sick leave or had to leave your job.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Once you have had your initial meeting and gone through all the details of the accident and injuries sustained, your lawyer will advise you as to what the next steps will be. This will include the gathering of evidence and your lawyer’s team will work away behind the scenes with due diligence to ensure nothing is missed and everything is in place for when your lawsuit is filed in court. They will also be working to determine exactly what or who is responsible for your accident and how they are going to be held accountable. Key points will be;
- Taking your statement as well as the statements of any of the witnesses
- Gather medical evidence and records
- Get hold of the police and/or incident reports
- Hold consultations with experts in order to determine the exact causes of your injury/ies and the long term prognosis regarding your recovery.
Once all these are in place your lawyer will file your lawsuit and make the process as stress-free as possible for you.