A personal injury, depending on how severe and life threatening, can be devastating. It can negatively and even permanently impact a person’s life and turn it upside down. If you or someone you know has been recently endured a personal injury, then you may be entitled to a legal settlement, especially if a personal injury is sustained due to negligence on a third party.
Here are some key steps to make sure you take if you are ever involved in a personal injury situation.
Report it. The first thing to do after being involved in a personal injury occurrence is to report it to local or immediate authorities. This could be the police or security official, a building or business manager, or even an employer, in some cases. Having a report on record is crucial should the personal injury case ever be reviewed by a licensed attorney or should the case undergo a legal proceeding.
Seek medical attention. Don’t wait! If you do not seek medical attention immediately after a personal injury—even if you don’t feel like there was a serious injury or you do not experience any pain or discomfort—you may run the risk of hurting your claim, especially if initially you did not feel there was a severe enough injury to report.
Keep detailed records. The second most important piece of advice is to keep detailed records of each phone call, text message, email, item purchased, the date and time the injury was reported, and even a copy of the police report. In addition, information can also include the names of any witnesses that were present during the accident, the date of any medical treatment and receipts, and any other necessary correspondence. The more documentation and evidence gathered to help your case, the better. This will also make the licensed attorney’s job much easier.
Do not fight the insurance companies alone. Even after seeking medical attention, your medical insurance provider may try to dissuade any individual who reports a personal injury case. The good news here is that you don’t have to fight the insurance companies alone. By having a knowledgeable and trustworthy personal injury attorney on your side, you don’t have to go at it alone. Do not agree to anything with the insurance companies until you consult with a personal injury attorney first.
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While the Law Offices of Cohn and Smith, P.A. have over thirty-three years of experience in representing individuals and families with accident-related cases—particularly in the area of personal injury—a good attorney will be upfront with clients on the cases and areas that he or she is considered an expert. Therefore, you should be careful to choose a knowledgeable and experienced legal representative and counselor to help you and your family in what could be a stressful and life-changing experience.
Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have questions about a personal injury claim that was caused by another third party’s negligence to either yourself of a loved one, do not wait to act. The items above should help aid you in considering the next steps to take to file a personal injury claim. Contact the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Cohn and Smith, P.A. at (954)-320-6328 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to see how we can help you with your personal injury claim today.