Have you been injured? Where do you turn after an accident has taken place and you are hurt as a result? Looking at your health and making sure your injuries are tended to is the most important part – however, afterwards you may consider pursuing a personal injury claim for said injuries. What are the first steps you should take?
Noting the Accident: When you have a clear head, start jotting down everything that you can remember about the accident. This includes how it happened, beginning with what you were doing and where you were going, who you were with, the time, and what the weather was like. Include great details of what you were feeling and what you saw.
Injuries: After the accident occurs, take note of all pains and discomforts that your injury caused. If you don’t make specific notes about your injuries sustained, then you may not remember what to include in your demand letter for settlement later on, and may not receive the compensation you deserve. Taking notes also makes it easier to describe to an insurance company how much and what kind of pain and discomfort you were in.
Economic or Other Losses: You could be entitled to compensation for economic losses and for losses including educational and pain and suffering; however, you will need good documentation for this. Take notes immediately following the accident about what you have lost including work hours, job opportunities, meetings, and much more.
Conversations: Take written notes of the date, time, people involved, and content of every conversation you have about your accident or your claim. Conversations worth noting may have taken place between you and a witness, insurance adjuster, or medical personnel.
Notes and Pictures: You may want to return to the scene of the accident to take notes or pictures that could be helpful later. You could also sometimes locate possible witnesses to the accident through doing this.
I Am Planning On Filing Suit. How Long Do I Have To Notify The Other Party?
If you are planning on bringing a lawsuit against another individual for your personal injury, there is no set time limit in which you have to notify them in order to file the lawsuit. However, you shouldn’t take forever during this process. If you act quickly and efficiently, you could increase your chances of resolving your claim faster than if you delay. By giving the other party notice about the possible lawsuit, you preserve your rights and prevent the other parties from defending against a lawsuit by arguing that you waited too long to inform them of your injuries.
However, there is a time limit in which you have to file your lawsuit to be compensated for your injuries sustained in the accident. If you fail to file your claim in a timely manner, you may be out of luck when it comes to collecting compensation for your injuries. The “statute of limitations” (maximum time you have to bring up certain types of lawsuits) varies from state to state. If the time period passes, you may be barred from ever bringing suit to recover for your injuries.
When you believe you have a personal injury claim, it is best to have an attorney on your side throughout the process. At MDL, we have the experience to help you with your claim and review what you have for us. Call us today for a free consultation. We will answer any questions you may have and take this highly complex law into our own hands!