If you suffer a serious accident injury, then it can be a struggle to recover and get your life back to normal if you don’t obtain fair compensation for the damages you sustained. In addition to looking after your health and seeking medical attention, you need to make sure you protect your legal rights. If you want to pursue a personal injury claim for your injuries, then you need to take the steps we discuss below.
#1: File a Police Report
If you were injured in a car accident or another type of incident in which police might be involved, then you should make sure that a formal report is taken and filed. You should also receive a copy of the police report, which will be useful for a personal injury case. If you suffer an injury due to another party’s negligence, you need to obtain a copy of the report before attempting to negotiate any type of personal injury dispute. Knowing the facts and conclusions contained in the police report can give you a substantial advantage in the negotiation.
#2: Preserve Evidence
It is crucial that you preserve evidence of the incident and the resulting injury. Take notes immediately after the incident and detail what happened and how it resulted in injuries that have affected your daily life. Although taking notes isn’t a priority for most people after a serious accident, doing so can strengthen your legal claim. When writing about the incident, include details about what happened before, during, and after the incident that led to the injury. You also need to include the time and place, weather conditions, witnesses , anything that was said, and what you experienced and felt.
#3: Consult with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Speak with a seasoned personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options as soon as possible after your injury. Your lawyer can help you avoid missing the time limit to file your personal injury lawsuit and can also advise whether you need to see a doctor for any lingering physical problems. You should choose a lawyer who possesses detailed knowledge of negligence law and has the extensive resources to gather evidence and track down expert witnesses.
Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP Will Advocate for You
If you sustained an injury due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, please get in touch with our law firm so that our diligent legal professionals can get to work for you. We have helped hundreds of people injured in a wide range of accidents and incidents throughout Southern California, and you can count on us to go to great lengths to fight for your rights at each phase of the legal process. We know that every case is unique, so no matter what yours may involve, our team is available to review your case, explain your rights, and leverage our resources to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
To schedule a case consultation with Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, call (800) 462-7160 or contact us online today.