Have you recently sustained injuries from an accident, slip and fall, assault, product malfunction, or due to the malicious or negligent actions of others? If so, you are probably considering filing a claim against the individual or company responsible so you can receive compensation for your losses and injuries.
Personal injury law encompasses a large number of possible accidents or injuries. Whether your injury resulted from a slip-and-fall accident, a car accident, or a dog bite, a personal injury attorney can help.
Before you start, our legal team at Eric Blank Injury Attorneys in Las Vegas, NV, has compiled a list of five tips to consider when you’re getting set to file your claim with a personal injury lawyer.
Tip 1: Seek Medical Attention
You cannot recover damages for an injury you sustained in an accident without first seeking medical attention. It may seem obvious, but it’s still common for injured parties to forgo treatment. Even if you don’t think you’re hurt, adrenaline and shock often are masking the full extent of your injuries.
Along with documenting all evidence, having records of hospital and doctor visits will help build your case. Once you have a record of your injuries and the treatment involved, you’ll be able to provide the insurance company with that information to explain and expedite receiving your compensation.
Tip 2: Document All Evidence
Without proper evidence, your injury lawyer will have difficulty establishing your case. Witness statements can help prove your case, while photographs of the damage or injuries will strengthen your argument.
Even if your injuries or symptoms seem minor, you should always visit a doctor in order to make sure that there are no hidden or internal injuries. Keep all medical records and receipts for all drug and therapy expenses.
Another essential step is filing and receiving a copy of the police report, which is relied upon by insurance companies in assessing a claim.
You will want to be sure that you have collected as many of these items as possible:
- Photos of your injuries
- Pictures of property damage or damage to your car, if applicable
- Receipts for all prescription drugs
- Records of all medical visits along with their costs
- Witness statements and a copy of the police report
Tip 3: Don’t Wait
It’s entirely understandable to feel overwhelmed, especially with all the stress involved after suffering a personal injury. You’ll be busy scheduling doctor’s appointments, working with the insurance companies, and trying to get your car repaired.
The State of Nevada has a statute of limitations of two years for personal injury lawsuits. If your case cannot be resolved for full value with the insurance company, filing your lawsuit begins the process of being able to gather evidence formally. The longer you take to open your claim, the more you risk damaging your case.
Tip 4: Hire an Attorney
A skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer will offer a free strategy session, review your case, and help with gathering evidence. In addition, your personal injury attorney can communicate with any other involved parties, their lawyers, and the insurance companies on your behalf.
A common misunderstanding that prevents people from contacting lawyers is the fear of the costs involved. Too many injured people think they won’t be able to afford it. The truth is that most personal injury attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis. If they don’t win your case, they don’t charge you a penny.
Personal injury law can be complicated and confusing. The last thing an injured person should be doing while recovering is also trying to represent themselves in court. Even with a comprehensive case and a wealth of evidence on their side, an injured victim is not serving their best interests as their own counsel.
A personal injury lawyer will have the experience and the skill necessary to negotiate with insurance companies. These companies have a financial incentive to pay out as little as possible, so it often takes the intervention of an attorney for an injured person to receive the full amount to which they’re entitled.
Tip 5: Build Your Case
Once you’ve sought out medical attention, documented all evidence, and enlisted the help of a personal injury attorney, it’s time to work with your lawyer to build your case. An injury lawyer will target all available causes for damages, including some that you might not consider.
Most people know to seek damages for medical bills and lost wages. However, an attorney will likely also seek payment for medical visit travel costs, pharmacy bills, and property damage. Two other prime targets include lost wages for diminished work capacity and pain and suffering resulting from your injury.
Watch below as Eric Blank, Personal Injury Attorney and Founder of Eric Blank Injury Attorneys, a top-rated Las Vegas law firm, shares five things to do in the aftermath of an accident.
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