What you need to know about personal injury law

Unexpected events happen rarely but when it does happen, you need to be prepared. You should always take legal action when there is a loss on your end monetarily or medically.

This is a quick overview on what to do in case you need in the event you have a personal injury case.

1)    Personal injury falls under many categories. The most popular categories are traffic accidents, slip and fall accidents, workplace injury, medical malpractice, or anything that causes harm to a mentally or physically.

2)    When you have a claim you need to get a lawyer so you can understand everything. You should meet multiple lawyers to make sure they are a good fit. Make sure you are important to them; they will answer your phone calls, and help you understand all of your options. The first meeting should always be free. You can also compare costs to make sure you are getting the best deal.

3)    Preexisting conditions can significantly impact your personal injury case. A preexisting condition is one you had before the accident or injury. They may harm your claim or increase the value of your claim if a preexisting condition was aggravated or made worse.  Always tell your lawyer about any preexisting condition you might have.

4)    See a doctor right after your accident especially if it is physical. You may not realize the extent of your injury so it’s important to have documentation to show your injuries.  You may be unaware that you have long term damage after a serious accident, so it is important to see a medical provider.

5)    You are not wrong, do not think it was your fault. You cannot be the nice guy in a personal injury claim.

6)    Find an experienced lawyer. You need to make sure you get a fair shake and you will be taken care of. Personal injury law requires experience dealing with major corporations and health insurance companies.

7)    Research a lawyer’s reputation and ask for references. Good lawyers will have past clients who will rave about them.

8)    Never give information to an insurance company until you seek legal advice. Speak to a lawyer before you do anything regarding the accident with an exception of cooperating with the police and first responders.

9)    Do not exaggerate or do anything unethical. Do not lie or try to embellish your case. It will always come back to harm you.

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