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Steps You Shouldn’t Skip When Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Filing a personal injury claim probably isn’t something you do every day, so you might have some questions about the process. If your injury is serious enough to warrant a personal injury claim, there are some steps you should be sure not to miss.

 

Seek Immediate Medical Care

Seeking medical care immediately following your injury is the most important thing you can do for yourself. Not only is it the best way to physically care for your injuries, but it also gives you the confirmation and evidence you need to show the other individual caused you an injury. If you fail to seek care right after you are hurt, the other party’s insurance company may suggest your injuries did not come from the accident their client caused.

 

Get in Touch with a Lawyer

A personal injury lawyer might be your best secret weapon in working through the claims process. The insurance adjuster might recommend you not hire a lawyer, but that’s because insurance companies are in the business of making money. They know a lawyer will help you receive what you deserve. Even if you aren’t sure whether you’re going to hire a lawyer quite yet, he or she may be able to offer some legal advice you’ll need right now.

 

Contact Everyone Involved

Before you file the claim, you’ll need to inform everyone involved that you plan to do so. This means you should contact the individual who caused your injuries, as well as the individual’s insurer. Being sure to set the claim up like this can help move it ahead more quickly.

 

Collect Information

Your claim will include documents that back up the claims about your injuries. This might include evidence that proves the accident was the responsible party’s fault. You could have pictures of the accident, witness statements, and a police report to back you up. The claim might also include medical bills and doctor’s statements that outline the medical care you already received, as well as the medical care you can plan to receive in the future.

 

Negotiate a Settlement

More than likely, your lawyer will do a significant amount of the work involved with your personal injury claim, including negotiating a settlement. Your lawyer will work with either the at-fault individual, or his or her insurance company to try to negotiate a settlement amount. If it doesn’t work out, you and your lawyer will talk about filing a lawsuit against the responsible party.

 

Getting a Lawyer’s Help Right Away

Right after you are injured in an accident, you should seek the help of an attorney, like a Newark personal injury attorney from Rispoli & Borneo, P.C. Contact a lawyer today to learn more about the claims process.


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