As the law in each state is different and every personal injury case is unique, filing a personal injury claim can be quite challenging. There is so much to learn and do before you can receive compensation. And if you do not act fast, you could even end up not receiving compensation at all.
Speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney and knowing the do's and don’ts on filing a claim can help you get through the process more easily. Legal professionals at Bern Ripka LLP share a few strategies.
1. Do find out the deadline for filing a personal injury claim.
As said earlier, you need to act fast if you wish to file a personal injury claim. There is a deadline for filing and this deadline called statutes of limitations is different in each state. Some states only allow 30 days since the time of injury while others have up to a year.
2. Do gather as much evidence as possible.
Evidence is important in any case. Gather evidence that will help prove who caused the injury and any form of negligence on their part. Pictures of the injury are also strong evidence.
3. Don’t forget to record everything.
Begin by taking down notes starting from the time of injury. Keep a record of important documents like medical bills and prescription. You may also note down lost work or salary as the result of the accident.
4. Do find witnesses.
It is better to have witnesses to support you in court. Speak with people who were there when the accident took place and note their names and contact numbers. The doctors who attended to you after the accident may also be witnesses.
5. Get a lawyer.
While it is not always recommended that you get a lawyer, you may need one if the injuries are severe or if you believe you are getting unfair compensation.
Filing a personal injury claim can be as easy or as difficult depending on how well you prepared for it. And although a lawyer is not always necessary, getting one remains the best approach to get fair compensation.