What Steps to Take After a Personal Injury Accident
Knowing what to do after a serious personal injury caused by a car accident, injury at work or due to someone’s negligence can be overwhelming. The tips in this article can help guide you through the appropriate steps you should following.
When you are involved in an accident we need to be careful about conversations and providing an opinion. In short, watch what you say. This is especially true at the site of the injury. You have no obligation to tell people who you think is at fault. You also do not need to provide more information than legally required. Making any statements at the scene of the injury may lead to more complications as your case progresses.
The biggest mistake you can make as a personal injury client is to select the first lawyer you find. Make sure you research the attorney you are considering and their track record in the field. The time spent will be paid back in dollars at the end of the case.
Document your costs. Record any expenses or loss of income you incur as a result of your injury. Some of these documents may include insurance forms, medical bills, prescription receipts, and property damage repairs. If you miss work because of the injury, be sure you also document any lost wages. Document each expense as it occurs, while it is fresh in your memory.
Take things slow and follow your doctor’s instructions. Do not let working on your case become more important than your personal health. The most important thing you need to do when suffering from a personal injury is rest and make sure you are healing like you should be.
When picking the personal injury lawyer that is right for your needs, take advantage of the free consultation that is offered by most reputable law firms. Ask for the details of how you will be billed for the service you need and make sure to be completely honest with the lawyer about the details of your case.
Many people do not realize all of the expenses you can claim after an accident. While you may be aware of things like lost wages and the cost of medications, be aware that you can also claim any money that you had to spend on mileage to and from the doctor and attorney’s office.
If you are injured at work, you must find a lawyer who deals with workplace accidents. They not only know how to deal with the insurance, but also how to ensure you still have a job once the case is over. They’re truly going to give you a positive outcome in the end.
If a claims adjuster seems to be trying to get you to make a quick settlement and you are uncomfortable with their approach, it may be time to hire a personal injury attorney. Getting something over with quickly usually isn’t the best route to take. In fact, doing so usually means that you won’t get a fair settlement.
To learn more about personal injury cases and how we can help, contact Little, Oliver and Gallagher PLLC in the Oklahoma City area at (405) 253-4478 or complete a Free Case Evaluation Form.