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If You Have Suffered A Personal Injury - Five Things To Know

If you've suffered a personal injury, or think you have, there are five things you need to know.

  1. Get medical treatment as soon as possible. First, never play games with your health. Get to a doctor and follow his or her instructions. Second, being a "hero" doesn't help if you eventually have to sue. One of the first things a defense attorney will ask is if you were hurt that badly, why did it take you so long to get treated? Delaying medical treatment is foolish on all levels.
  2. Don't talk to insurance adjusters or investigators until you speak to an attorney. The insurance company's goal is to get you to settle for as little as possible. If some clever investigator gets you to say in a taped interview that the accident could have been your fault, your case might have just gone out the window. Get an attorney and let the insurance company deal with him or her.
  3. Don't wait to retain an attorney. Do it as soon as you are physically able to do so. Many cases are dismissed every year because an injured person waited too long and the suit was filed too late.
  4. Get your medical bills and lost wages paid for. If you were injured in a car accident, your insurance company should take care of this. Don't worry - your insurance company will go after the other driver right along with your attorney to see that it gets reimbursed.
  5. Take photos. You should photograph vehicle damage or the dangerous condition that you injured you as soon as possible. If you are on crutches or in a wheelchair, have someone take pictures of you and your injuries, if possible. Lawsuits can take a long time, and hopefully you'll be healthier by then. Take pictures to show the jury what it was like when things weren't looking so good.