If you were injured or suffered injuries because of someone else’s actions or negligence, you will want to file a personal injury claim. Grounds for such a claim are varied and you will need to do some research and find legal advice to help you determine if you are in the right and qualify to file such a claim. Filing a personal injury claim can seem daunting and like a lot of work. However, we have a few tips you can follow to make the process a little less scary and better prepare you.
Find medical attention as soon as possible after the event. It is important that you get medical help before filing any claims. Your health is important. You can ask the doctor to carefully note all your injuries because you may need to go to court and will need the documentation.
File a police report so you have a record. In some countries, if you don’t report an accident within 48 hours, you lose the possibility to claim for damages. A police report is a good record to have and it will include the information of the other parties involved.
Keep accurate records. You should make sure that all the expenses that go into treating your injuries or repairing damages are recorded and kept safe. Include medical bills, indications of the loss of income, repairs, etc. It is also a good idea to write down what exactly happened while it is still fresh in your mind.
Talk to a lawyer before you claim from insurance companies. If you plan to file a personal injury claim, you might cause problems for yourself if you claim from your insurance. Get a lawyer to advise you on a course of action and help deal with third parties like insurance companies.
Be careful about what you say after the incident. You don’t have to mention anything about whose fault it was. You should also avoid making a scene or creating conflicts that may damage your claim later. Just get the other party’s information and leave the rest to your lawyer.
Never sign anything if you don’t understand it. You should never sign a form or document if you haven’t read it or don’t understand it. Rather ask for clarification until you understand what is going on. Only when you understand and can, with good conscience, agree to the information in the document, should you sign it.
Don’t try to settle if you don’t know what you’re doing. Trying to work out a personal injury situation with the other party on your own, could be very tricky and you may end up in trouble or not get anything. It is best to leave negotiations and settlement discussions to a lawyer who knows what he is doing and what all the processes and procedures are.
Hire a lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will be able to handle your case in the right way. It may cost you money, but your chances of getting anything from such a claim is much better with a lawyer than without.
If you stick to these tips and make sure that a lawyer is guiding your actions and decisions, you should be able to successfully file your personal injury claim and get what is due to you.