Hesperia Personal Injury Lawyers
- October 3, 2016
When you have been hurt in an accident, it can send your life into chaos. You may be dealing with pain and suffering, loss of income and destroyed property. Personal injuries can have consequences that can last for years, so getting the money you need for medical bills and lost income is paramount. Understanding how to handle a personal injury is the best way to get the money you deserve.
What to Do if You Are Injured?
There are many ways that people become injured. You may trip and fall on uneven sidewalks or slip on wet floors at a business. When you have experienced an injury, no matter what the cause, it is important that you get immediate medical care.Do not refuse medical attention, even if you feel fine. In many cases, people feel fine immediately following their accident, and fail to get treated. Not all injuries are apparent immediately. Some, especially soft tissue injuries, often take time to appear. Follow up on all of your doctor’s appointments and keep all of the documents related to your injury.
If you are injured at a business, on a public street or at work, it is important to get photos and witness statements at the scene. Take photos of hazards such as wet floors, uneven walking surfaces or missing steps. If there are witnesses, get their contact information in case you need to use their testimony later. Remember that once the police and medical personnel arrive, there may not be opportunities to take photos. Witnesses rarely stick around long, so be sure to get their information or have someone obtain it for you.
What Not to Do if You Have Been Injured
Do not accept a settlement offer from an insurance company or attorney without your own lawyer present. In many cases, insurance companies will simply send you a check in the mail to cover your injuries. If you receive a check in the mail, do not cash it. Consult your attorney immediately. By cashing a check from an insurance agency or the other party, you are essentially waiving your right to sue for damages later.
The insurance company or other party is never going to pay you the full amount that you deserve for your injury. They understand that they can pay less money if they convince you to settle without your attorney present. This is why you need an attorney on your side that will negotiate with the other side on your behalf. It can be hard to determine how much money you will need for your injury. Your lawyer will be able to determine the costs of your medical treatment, future medical bills, lost income from work and loss of profits from your business. Many people don’t realize just how much a personal injury can cost, and accept settlements that don’t cover all of the money they have lost due to their injuries.
Why Do You Need an Attorney if You Have Been Injured?
Many people think they don’t need an attorney to fight for them if they have been injured. There are court deadlines to file claims if you want to recover money, and missing any of these deadlines means you can no longer claim your injury. The other party may claim that you are at fault and not entitled to damages. If you do not have an attorney who knows the law and can fight for you, you may lose your case and have to pay all of your expenses on your own. Most personal injury attorneys don’t charge a fee unless you win your case, so there is no risk in hiring an attorney for your case.
When You Need an Advocate, We Can Help
Every day, the El Dabe law firm helps injury victims get the money they deserve. We will handle your case with dignity and confidentiality, and fight to get you every penny for your injury. You should not have to suffer alone when you have been injured. Insurance companies don’t want to pay claims, and they have teams that will fight against you. We will negotiate a fair settlement and even go to trial if necessary. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your rights.