Negligence can happen almost any time, and when it does, it often puts people in danger. For example, a worksite where construction teams are negligent could result in falling objects that hit passing pedestrians. Drivers who eat behind the wheel may look away from the road and collide with the tail end of another vehicle.
Negligence isn’t intentional, but it is something that has to be addressed after an injury happens. Those who suffer injuries have a right to pursue a claim to obtain compensation to cover their medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering as a result of the negligent act and subsequent accident.
What should you do after you’re hurt?
The first thing to do after suffering any kind of injury is to get medical help. Even if you think you only have bruising or a minor wound, it’s a good idea to head to the hospital for an exam. This helps you keep a record of when the injury happened and gets a doctor’s opinion on what to expect in the future. This is especially important if you have suffered a blow to the head.
It’s necessary to collect evidence to support any claim you want to make. Did you slip and fall at a local business? Take photos of the area where you fell, so you can show the conditions of the walkway. For example, if the stair was broken or slick, that might give you a better chance at a successful claim.
Another thing to keep is any witness information. Your attorney may wish to speak to a witness about what happened so that he or she can get a better idea of the situation before developing a story for making a claim. Your attorney needs as much information as possible to negotiate successfully.
Time matters: File quickly
Remember that everyone is restricted by the statute of limitations. That means that you have only a short amount of time to make a claim after an accident. While the statute of limitations may give you two years to file the claim, it’s always a better idea to file the claim quickly and right away, so that you don’t push the time limits or end up forgetting to file. Because evidence tends to disappear with time, it’s critical to begin the investigation and legal process as soon as possible.
Every personal injury is different, but with a good education in your options and evidence to support your claim about what happened, you can make a claim and work toward a settlement or resolution that is enough to cover your losses. Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can make a big difference in the outcome, so do not hesitate seeking legal counsel.