First Steps in a Personal Injury Claim
After an accident occurs, an injured person may be distressed and confused about how to move forward. Above all else, taking care of any resulting health issues is an injured person's most important task. It's also very important to consider filing a personal injury claim for your injuries as soon as possible. Below, we share some frequently asked questions regarding the first steps in filing a personal injury claim.
What should I do first after being injured in an accident?
To reiterate, the first thing to address is your health. Once you are well enough, there are a series of steps to take in order to prepare a claim for your personal injuries. Please note that these steps do not necessarily need to be completed in this exact order and the procedure differs if you are going to file a claim against the government.
- Collect evidence and photographs. Who caused the accident? What damage was caused by the accident?
- Create an inventory of any medical bills, hospital visits, repairs, property damage, lost work and wages, etc. that occurred after the accident.
- Gather the names and contact information of any witnesses that may have observed the accident.
- Takes notes when you speak to other people that were involved in the accident.
- Inform those against whom you may a file a suit.
How long do I have to notify a person that I am filing a claim for my personal injury?
While a claim may not need to be filed immediately, this does not suggest that you ought to delay! Quick action may increase the likelihood of resolving your claim. Giving notice of your intent to file a lawsuit does not obligate you to file one. It preserves your rights in that other parties cannot allege that you waited too long to notify them of your injuries. Furthermore, you will be able to proceed with negotiations regarding settlement and arbitration at your own speed, without being rushed.
Is there a time limit in which I have to file a claim?
Yes. A personal injury claim is generally a long process. Failing to file your claim in a timely manner may jeopardize your ability to collect compensation because of something known as the Statutes of Limitations. This allots you only a fixed amount of time to file certain types of lawsuits. After this time limit passes, you may be barred from initiating a personal injury lawsuit. Therefore, it is essential to know your state's Statute of Limitations for your type of claim. An attorney can assist you.
How soon do I have to file a claim against the government for my personal injury?
Yes, there is a limited amount of time in which you may file a personal injury claim against the government. This time frame depends upon the type of case and the state you live in, but it usually ranges between 30 days and one year. If you do not file within these strict timelines, you risk the chance to receive a settlement on your injuries or property damage. You could call your local city or county attorney because they are legally obligated to give you the correct information. However, consulting a private attorney who will look at your case from every angle is a unique choice.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, loss of income, property damage, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.