Insights Into How Our Legal System Works

Insights Into How Our Legal System Works

What To Do If You Are Injured

by Yolanda Lane

The days and weeks following an injury can be difficult and overwhelming as you deal with trying to heal and get your medical bills paid. It is important to keep a clear head immediately following an accident and take steps to be sure you receive all of the help you are entitled to. Here are a few things you can do to protect your rights following an accident.

Contact a lawyer as soon as possible: A personal injury attorney can be your best ally after your accident. Even if you are uncertain as to whether you want to file a claim against anyone, an attorney can still be an important person to have in your corner. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better it will be. Your attorney will be able to gather information regarding the scene of your accident as well as your medical treatment. This information will be useful to you if and when you decide to file a lawsuit in regards to your accident. In addition to the possibility of filing a lawsuit in the future, your attorney can advise you about which insurance companies should be helping pay for your medical care and other expenses. Even just having a lawyer in your corner can motivate insurance companies to be more forthcoming.

Save Everything: It is important to save every document you receive that has anything to do with your accident, even if you do not see any importance in it. It is also important to keep track of communications you have with the people responsible for your injuries (such as the property owner if you are injured in a slip-and-fall) and especially with their insurance companies. Insurance companies may need proof about what happened in your accident, what youe losses were, how much work you missed, and the extent of your injuries. Saving every piece of paper will make it easier to prove all of these things if need be.

Be cautious about making statements: You may be asked to make statements to police, to property managers, insurance companies, or medical care providers. Be sure your statements are brief and truthful. If you are asked to discuss the accident and are uncertain about what to say, an attorney like can help you answer questions.

Rest and recover: The most important thing you can do is to focus on your own health and recovery.

If you follow this advice, you will be more likely to get all of the help you need and are entitled to after your accident.


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Insights Into How Our Legal System Works

Hello, I'm Christina Miller. Have you ever been fascinated with why the law works the way it does? Ever since I was in junior high, I had an intense interest in anything related to our legal system, whether it be a crime drama on television, a judge show or a legal case covered on the news. I followed it all. As time progressed, I began learning about how the actual legal system worked and not just the fictionalized version of our legal system. This has lead me to start writing my own blog posts about law that I hope will help others.