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5 steps for every personal injury case

After you get hurt because of someone else's negligence, you have a chance to file a claim for compensation. That compensation may help you pay back medical bills or support yourself while you seek therapy. It's there for a number of reasons, but primarily to help you maintain a good quality of life after a serious injury.

There are a few things you can do to make the collection process easier. These are five things to do when you get hurt.

1. Collect evidence

Start by collecting evidence if possible. If you are hurt and at the scene of the accident, it's a good idea to take photos or to write down what you see. If you're unable to do so because of your injuries, attempt to write down everything you remember as soon as possible after treatment. Your memory may continue to fade, so it's vital that you recall as much as you can early on.

2. Get witness information

Another thing to do is to collect witness information. If you're able to do so at the scene, talk to the people who saw the accident. Ask them what they think happened, and get their contact information. These witnesses could be helpful when you file your claim.

3. Tell the other party you plan to file a claim

If you do speak with the other party, it's wise to tell them that you will be filing a claim. Don't act like everything is fine or that you'll work it out later. Simply state that you do plan to file a claim against the person's insurance.

4. File your case before the statute of limitations runs out

Every state has a limit on the length of time you have to file a claim. Each type of personal injury is slightly different, and the length of time you have can vary. It's important to file your initial claim as soon as possible to start the process.

5. Talk to your attorney

Your attorney can help you understand the rights you have after a personal injury. With help and support, you can be more secure when accepting a settlement or negotiating what you need.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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