How the Personal Injury Claims Process Works

If you have been in an accident, you are probably curious about how you will be compensated for your injuries. It is important to understand the personal injury claims process, when it leads to a lawsuit, and how that lawsuit will play out. It can be helpful to know this information so that you have a full understanding of why a personal injury attorney is so important.

Getting a Personal Injury Lawyer

Your first step in the claims process is to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you. The attorney will ask you many questions about the circumstances of the accident, including events before, during, and after. They will also ask you for all of your related medical records and medical bills so that they can begin to calculate the appropriate compensation amount.  Continue reading “How the Personal Injury Claims Process Works”

Why Having a Personal Injury Attorney Is Important

When you are in any kind of accident, the last thing on your mind is getting compensated for your injuries. Your first priority is making sure that neither you nor anyone else was seriously hurt, or if you were that you seek medical attention. You might think that you just need to call the responsible party’s insurance company to file a claim, but in reality the process can be much more complicated.

Depending on the type of accident you have, there will likely be an insurance company involved. If you have a slip and fall accident, the owner’s property insurance will cover the claim. If you have a work injury, your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance will cover it; and, of course, medical malpractice and car accidents are covered by their own respective insurance. Even if you have a dog bite injury, the owner’s homeowners policy may cover the claim. Continue reading “Why Having a Personal Injury Attorney Is Important”

Types of Truck Accident Injuries and What to Do

Truck accidents can be catastrophic. Anytime a large truck or semi-truck collides with a car, van, or smaller truck, it can be devastating. Here are some of the most common types of truck accident injuries that you could face if you are in one of these truck accidents.

Back, Neck, and Head Injuries

The most common truck accident injuries involve the back, neck, and head. Back and neck injuries are often the result of force shoving you forward and back while your seatbelt does not allow for much movement. Head injuries usually result when the driver isn’t wearing their seat belt, they are thrown from it, or their head hits the window or side of the vehicle. Continue reading “Types of Truck Accident Injuries and What to Do”

Five Mistakes that Could Derail Your Personal Injury Case

If you are injured due to the negligence of another party, you should be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, treatment, lost wages, and other damages. However, what you do immediately following an accident has a tremendous bearing on the outcome of your case. Here are five mistakes that could completely derail your case and leave you with no compensation.

Delayed Reporting of Accidents

If you fail to report an accident when it happens, you are putting your right to compensation at risk. By reporting the accident right away, you are leaving a trail of documentation that shows that you were injured as you say you were. If you wait to report the accident, the other party could claim that you injured yourself in another way. Continue reading “Five Mistakes that Could Derail Your Personal Injury Case”

Types of Medical Evidence You Will Need for Your Personal Injury Case

When it comes to personal injury cases, the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff, or the person bringing the suit. Even if you end up settling out of court, you will need certain pieces of evidence to substantiate your claims in the case. Some of this evidence will be in the form of medical evidence. There are different types of medical evidence you will need, and some of the burden to gather this evidence will lie with you even if you hire an attorney to represent you. Here are some of the types of medical evidence you will need in your case.

Initial Examination and Diagnosis

You should visit a doctor, urgent care, or emergency room immediately after any accident, even if you don’t think that you have been injured. There are many latent or hard-to-detect injuries that will be revealed in a thorough examination. The earlier you have documentation of these injuries, the stronger your claim will be. You should get copies of your records from this initial examination and diagnosis. Continue reading “Types of Medical Evidence You Will Need for Your Personal Injury Case”