Dealing with a personal injury, whether it’s the result of a car accident, slip-and-fall accident or dog attack, can be exhausting, intimidating and overwhelming. Our California personal injury lawyers know that the weeks and months after suffering a serious personal injury can be physically, emotionally and financially draining, not just for the victims who are directly affected by the incident, but also their family members who end up caring for them.
Injuries suffered may be relatively minor, moderate or serious. There are some injuries that are catastrophic, which means, they could result in permanent damage or result in lifelong disabilities. In such cases, the emotional and financial impacts are even more severe. This could mean that the affected individual is permanently injured and cannot earn a livelihood for his or her family.
Regardless of the type of injury you have sustained, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced California personal injury lawyer who will remain on your side, battle for your rights, hold the negligent parties accountable, and help ensure that you receive fair and full compensation for all your losses. Call us today to find out how we can help you.
What to Do if You Have Been Injured
If you have been injured in some type of a traumatic event, there are a number of steps you can take in order to protect your legal rights.
Document the incident. One of the most important steps to take if you have been injured is to make sure you file a report, to ensure that the incident has been properly documented. For example, if you have been injured in an auto accident, file a police report. This way, you will have a record of when, where and how the accident took place. Typically, such reports will have the time, date and location of the incident. A police report might even go into details about who was at fault for the accident. These are details that could help bolster your personal injury case and give you an opportunity to claim maximum compensation.
Collect evidence from the scene. Photos of the incident can be telling and usually cover what you cannot convey with a thousand words. If possible, injury victims should obtain cell phone photos and videos of the accident scene. Gather crucial information from other parties involved in the accident. Secure contact and identifying information for anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Their statements could prove extremely valuable when it comes to corroborating your account of the incident.
Get prompt medical attention and treatment. This is extremely important if you have suffered injuries. Getting medical attention right away not only helps ensure that you are on the road to recovery, but it also helps create a paper trail documenting the types of injuries you sustained in the accident, the nature and extent of those injuries, and the treatment and therapy you received for those injuries. Our injury lawyers advise anyone who has been in an accident to pay a visit to their doctor to rule out the possibility of injuries. We often notice that victims tend to ignore their condition after an accident simply because they “feel fine.” Several injuries don’t manifest until days or even weeks are the incident. Some internal injuries that may not be apparent right away could also have dangerous consequences for accident victims. This is why it is important that you get medical attention, treatment and care and soon as possible.
Do not talk to the insurance company. While you should report an injury-causing incident such as a car accident to the auto insurance company, it would be in your best interest not to speak to insurance companies or counsel for other parties. This is because anything you say or any formal statements you make can and will be used against you. Insurance companies, in particular, adopt the strategy of striking up cordial conversations with injury victims to get information that can later be used against them. So, you need to be extremely careful. It is best not to talk with anyone until you’ve discussed your case with your personal injury lawyer.
Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. This is probably the most important and necessary step you could possibly take in the aftermath of a traumatic incident that causes injuries. Your personal injury lawyer is the only person in this scenario who will serve as your advocate and put your interests before everything else. Getting a knowledgeable and reputed injury lawyer on your side will help you prevent making those mistakes that could jeopardize your claim and diminish your chances of getting fair compensation for your losses.
Damages Can Be Assessed By Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to claim both economic and noneconomic damages. Some of the damages you can claim in a personal injury case include but are not limited to:
• Medical costs: If you are injured, you are likely facing costs relating to emergency transportation, surgeries, hospitalization, prescription drugs, medical equipment, etc. All these expenses should typically be covered in a personal injury claim.
• Lost wages: Injured individuals often end up being unable to return to work. Depending on the nature and extent of the injuries, it could be a few days or few weeks to a few months. In a personal injury claim, you will be entitled to receive income you lost as a result of the accident and injuries sustained.
• Rehabilitation costs: It’s not just medical expenses that victims must face, but also the cost of continuing, rehabilitative treatments they need in order to completely recover from the injuries. This is typical for injuries such as whiplash and broken bones. Victims may need several weeks of therapy, which may not be covered by health insurance policies.
• Pain and suffering: Accident victims endure significant physical pain and emotional distress as a result of their injuries. These are known as noneconomic damages, but are often covered as part of a personal injury claim.
Getting the Compensation You Need
The actions you take after a traumatic event are significant because they could determine how quickly you recover from your injuries, how successful you are with your claim or lawsuit, and how financially secure you might be in the future. Our experienced California personal injury lawyers can help guide you through what could be a complex and intimidating process. Call us for a free consultation and case evaluation.