Personal Injury

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When you are injured in a car accident, you need all the help you can get, and you need it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that means that some injury victims handle their own claims or pick the first personal injury attorney they find rather than making an informed choice. Before you hire a personal injury attorney, it is important to educate yourself and find the right fit for you and your case.

If you have suffered an injury through the fault of another, you may be out of work, overwhelmed with piles of medical bills, or in constant pain and agony. Under any of these circumstances, researching, locating, and retaining a lawyer to handle your personal injury claim can seem like yet another insurmountable obstacle. There are, however, some guidelines that can help you in selecting a personal injury lawyer to handle your case. With our firm on your side, you can focus on your recovery while we carry at least part of your burden.

As an injured party you are entitled to recovery for costs and expenses that you incur as a result of you being injured.

WHAT TO DO FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT

1. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TALK TO. Do not talk to anyone about the details of your accident except for your doctors and attorneys. Be careful of insurance companies attempting to gain as much information as possible before you hire an attorney.

2. YOUR DOCTORS. Return to each of your doctors as is necessary, and keep them informed of all complaints. Your job after being injured in an accident is to keep your doctors informed of all problems and to get yourself healed. Your personal injury claim will take care of itself. Make sure to keep your attorney informed of any doctors or treating personnel that you see.

3. RECORD OF COMPLAINTS. Keep a daily record of any problems or progress you make throughout your treatment. This record will help you in recounting exactly what you went through on a day to day basis as well as help your physicians in treating your ailments.

4. WAGES AND LOST EARNINGS. Keep an accurate record of all days and/or hours lost from work due to your injuries.

5. MEDICAL BILLS. Obtain and keep duplicate copies of any bills relating to medical expenses, including, but not limited to: treatment, x rays, prescription receipts, braces, etc. Try to make all medical payments by check or credit card so the payments can be easily traced.

6. AUTO REPAIR. Do not have your car fixed until you or your attorney have obtained and developed multiple photos of any resulting damage from the accident. You may have more than one option about how to deal with the repair of your vehicle. If possible, speak to your attorney before turning your property damage into your own insurance company.

7. PHOTOGRAPHS. Take photographs of any and all injuries or property damage that occurred as a result of the accident. Make sure your attorney has access to these photographs, or has an opportunity to take his/her own.

 

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