If you have been hurt due to an accident, look after your health first before you pursue a personal injury claim. You will need to regain your strength during recovery in order to be able to do the process. In this article, we will go through the steps on what you need to do in order to file the claim.
Depending on the damage that has been done, you can either file a suit or a claim for injury. But before doing so, make sure you have covered these steps first:
One of the things you have to do is to gather the evidence that can point to the cause of your accident or injury. If it was on the road or in an establishment that has CCTV footage of the incident, try to acquire a copy of the tape. Photographs, videos and other materials can be very useful.
It helps if you write down everything that happened to you during the injury or accident. You can keep track by checking medical bills, receipts, hospital visits (if hospitalized), lost work and wages due to the accident.
Get the names and contact information of witnesses if any. Call them and confirm their contact information just in case you will need it. If you have spoken to people that were also involved in the accident, take note of the conversation. Inform witnesses and other people involved in the accident that you may plan on filing a suit or claim for the injuries and/or damages.
If you intend to file a suit against the government, nongovernment agency or individual, it would be best to notify them as soon as you are able to. It doesn’t have to be right away, but try not to take too long to take action on the process. It can help resolve your claim faster. You don’t have to file a lawsuit, but it’s best to notify the other party of your intent in order to preserve your rights. This also helps ensure negotiations on settlement and arbitration.
If you fail to file the claim in a timely manner, it may lessen the chances of collecting compensation. You have to file in accordance with the laws on statutes of limitations, which gives the maximum time it takes for you to file a certain type of lawsuit. If the time has passed and you have not filed a claim, the tendency is you may be barred from filing suit to recover from the injuries. Check your state’s statute of limitations to ensure the time period doesn’t pass you by. Get a free case review from a lawyer before you decide to pursue any claims.