A Personal Injury Lawyer Explains the Three Steps to Protect Your Claim
Personal injury claims can take many forms. You may have been hurt in a car accident that was not your fault. You may have been the victim of an assault. You may have slipped and fallen due to a hazardous condition in a store or on a staircase. Your child may have been bitten by someone’s dog. Regardless of how your injury occurred, a personal injury attorney might tell you that there are three things that you should do right away:
1. Make sure that you seek appropriate medical care to treat your injury. This may involve a trip to the emergency room, urgent care, or making an appointment with your primary care provider and explain how you were injured. Take the time to have your injury evaluated and treated as necessary to reduce your pain and help you recovery faster. If the injury is significant or requires expensive medical care, keep copies of the treatment records and invoices. A personal injury attorney from Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC can use this information to build a claim on your behalf. We can submit that claim to the responsible party in advance of negotiating a settlement to pay for your damages.
2. Consider calling a competent, professional, and experienced personal injury attorney from Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC. During a free consultation, we can determine whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim. If you do have a claim, your attorney will help you determine the next steps to getting compensation for your injury. Contacting and hiring an attorney as soon as possible is important. Hiring a competent attorney early will make sure that you get a fair deal in negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
3. Organize and store your records. You should designate a place in your home to keep physical documentation (such as bills, medical records, etc.) associated with the accident. You may also want to keep an electronic folder on your computer for any emails or attachments that you receive regarding the incident. Specifically, you should keep any photographs of the site of the incident, any vehicle or animal involved (if relevant), and your injuries, immediately after the incident and as you heal. You should also keep any other records that you may receive regarding the incident, such as a police report or insurance claim forms. Any documents or photographs that mention the incident may be helpful in the pursuit of your personal injury claim. Keep in mind that you may need to share all of these documents with your personal injury attorney so that they can include it in your claim as evidence.
These initial steps can make the difference between you getting fair compensation for your injuries and you getting nothing at all or only a percentage of what you deserve. Protect yourself by protecting your claim. Consider calling a personal injury attorney from Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC to fulfill step number two in the list above and also learn more about preserving your claim and getting the compensation you need. Call today to find out what a personal injury lawyer at Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC can do for you.