Understanding what you should and shouldn’t do in the minutes, hours or days after you’ve been injured due to another person’s negligence can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.
This is why hiring an ethical, experienced personal injury attorney is critically important. Your lawyer can protect you from legal landmines that could cost you thousands, even millions of dollars in compensation and slow your recovery. Hiring a lawyer who specializes in personal injury law is wise – don’t allow yourself to be persuaded to retain an underqualified attorney who may be a friend or family member.
While finding quality legal representation should be your priority after you’ve been hurt, there is a brief period immediately following your accident but before you’ve retained an attorney during which you are on your own.
Here are additional tips on filing a personal injury claim that will help you and your lawyer win your case:
Never admit fault.
Anything you say to the police or insurance adjustors can be held against you later to minimize the compensation you are awarded. When recounting the details of the incident, be sure to only relay facts and not opinions. It is up to the authorities, legal representatives or a jury to determine who is at fault.
Agree to nothing.
Insurance companies will likely want you to settle before speaking to an attorney. Don’t sign any documents or give verbal consent to any type of agreement. Insurance adjustors are trained to take advantage of lack of legal knowledge and award the lowest amount possible.
Record as much as possible.
If possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident as well as your injuries. Try to obtain the contact information of all witnesses. Compile a log describing how your injuries have affected you on a daily basis. Keep track of every injury-related expense, medical or otherwise as this will help determine damages later on.
See a doctor.
Make sure to visit a medical professional right away and keep all subsequent medical appointments. The extent of your injuries must be documented by physicians in order for them to be considered as part of your claim. Be sure to take medicine as prescribed.
It is important to remember the statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Nevada is two years. This is why it is vital to be seen by a medical professional, and submit your claim immediately.
If you have been injured or are looking for more information on how to file a personal injury claim, call Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at (702) 388-4476 to schedule your free consultation today.