Get the Best Settlement Possible
Slip-and-fall, dog bite, car accident, bike accident… whatever the cause of your injuries, you have the right to a fair settlement to compensate you for your losses. Compensation, however, can be calculated in a variety of ways and can vary significantly. In addition, if you don’t quickly seek professional, legal advice regarding compensation, a significant portion of your settlement could disappear.
Even if you did not cause the accident, you must take reasonable action to prevent your injuries from getting worse. Simply said… if your ankle hurts, go see a doctor. If you don’t visit a doctor, you may forfeit some of your compensation. If you can’t afford to visit the doctor, call a personal injury attorney; most can refer you to a physician who will take payment once your case settles.
Over time, your memory of the incident will fade. Witnesses become difficult to find. Your injuries will heal. A fair and full settlement is best determined as close to the incident as possible. Thankfully, your lawyer will not require much from you once you’ve made that initial phone call. The headaches associated with the accident will no longer be your responsibility. While you may be required to visit the doctor or talk with attorneys, you won’t be responsible for tracking all of the medical and insurance paperwork.
It’s critical to document your losses as they occur. While medical bills may leave a paper trail, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property loss need to be documented in real time. You need a lawyer who will help you track your losses. Even after just a few months, you won’t find it easy to recall the details. While the law may be on your side when it comes to a personal injury case, time is not.