How Knowing Your ABC’s Can Save Your Life
When we are young, we learn our “ABCs” because, without them, we cannot begin to make or properly pronounce words, build sentences, or communicate with others. In other words, the “ABCs” represent the building blocks of communication. When people think of personal injury cases, they may think of professional-looking lawyers, big courtrooms, various sorts of experts, and large compensation awards. But while a personal injury case can involve all of these things, it is helpful to know the basics. That is, when you or a loved one has been injured by the carelessness of another, what are the basic steps you should do?
A – Act Now: The Clock is Ticking
After a significant or serious injury, it is not uncommon for the injured victim to be in a state of shock. This can cause the person to delay in making important decisions as he or she tries to come to grips with what has happened. It is important, though, to take action as soon as possible in order to increase your chances of success in a personal injury lawsuit. Some of the steps you should do as soon as possible include:
- Get the names and contact information for the person or business that caused your injuries and witnesses who may have observed the accident;
- Document your version of events in as much detail as possible;
- Make note of any evidence there may be (security cameras, skid marks on the roadway, a “cleaning schedule” for the area on which you slipped, etc.). If possible, take pictures; and
- Seek medical attention for your injuries.
B – Be Organized as Much as Possible
There will undoubtedly be a flurry of activity immediately following an accident that results in injuries. You will probably receive a number of telephone calls and letters, and be asked to speak with several individuals. The more you can organize this information, the better your attorney will be able to gather the necessary facts to get you compensation. Try to keep a notebook or folder, for instance, that neatly organizes your statement and witnesses’ statements and contact information, medical records and bills, communications you receive from insurance adjusters, and other sorts of materials. Having these handy will help your personal injury attorney better handle your case.
C – Counsel Can Help Immensely
Some people may believe their case is a “slam dunk” and they do not need an attorney, but it has been demonstrated time and again that those who seek the assistance of an attorney to help with their personal injury case tend to recover more compensation. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney is trained and experienced at gathering and presenting the facts necessary for you to win your case and get the compensation to which you are entitled. Not only this, but attorneys are familiar with the procedural rules of the court system: failure to adhere to these rules can result in your personal injury lawsuit being dismissed.