If you were injured in any type of accident, then you have rights under the law. You can file a claim against the liable parties to get financial compensation for all your damages. Many things can potentially take away those rights if you are not careful. Here is how to protect your rights in a personal injury accident.
Do Not Discuss Details
You do not want to discuss details with anyone after the accident. The only exceptions are police and your own insurance company. Keep your answers short and do not elaborate unnecessarily. Do not talk about the accident with the people who might be responsible. Write down what you remember as soon as you get some time. Discussing details opens up the possibility that something you say could be taken out of context and used later to invalidate your rights.
Over 295,000 civil cases were filed in the United States in 2014. That number would have been higher if some people with personal injuries acted quicker. You need to act fast after being injured in an accident to protect your rights. There is a statute of limitations that could expire removing your right to seek fair compensation. Start a claim right away if you were injured in an accident.
Document Everything Possible
If you want to protect your rights after an accident, then start documenting everything possible. Save every piece of paperwork that you receive from hospitals, police and insurance companies. Take pictures of injuries, damage and other things related to the case. If you lose income, then keep the paystubs or messages from your job. You will likely need that documentation to prove the extent of your injuries and your damages when exercising your rights.
See a Doctor Whenever You Think Something Is Wrong
Do not try to act tough after an accident. Get to a hospital right away afterwards even if you do not think anything is wrong. Get a full examination and request copies. In the days afterwards listen to your body and go to the hospital whenever you think something is wrong. It can take time for some injuries to manifest. You need to have medical records of your injuries to protect your rights since the opposing parties will deny you were injured or suggest the injuries were there before.
Hire a Lawyer As Soon As You Can
The best way to protect you rights is to hire a lawyer as soon after the accident as possible. There are over 1,225,452 lawyers in the United States. Finding one specialized in personal injury claims is not difficult. A lawyer will protect you against insurance companies and build a legally sound case for compensation. Do not try to negotiate to go to trial without an attorney present.
Sign Nothing without Consulting Your Attorney
Insurance companies or opposing lawyers might attempt to pressure you into signing settlements or other documents. Those documents can strip you of your rights. Do not sign anything unless your lawyer has seen it and approves of the document. Do this even if you think a document is innocent and harmless. This will prevent insurers from tricking you out of fair compensation.