If you are reading this blog, you are probably here because you have been looking for information on personal injury. By now, it is likely that you have seen countless law firms urge you to “act today.” While this may just sound like a standard marketing technique, there is some truth behind this statement. When it comes to personal injury, it really is best to act as soon as possible. Waiting too long can actually damage your chances of claiming your damages. The sooner you procure legal representation, the sooner you can understand how to best present your case.
It is easy to forget about collecting evidence after an accident occurs. You get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life maintenance and you just want to make sure that everything is okay. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to unwittingly dispose of evidence during this process.
As you probably know already, every good case is built upon a mountain of evidence. In order to win your case, you will need evidence of the at-fault party’s negligence and proof of the legitimacy of your injury. It is easy for all this evidence to disappear quickly and easily—even surveillance videos are overwritten on a regular basis. Furthermore, you may not properly document your injuries before they heal or improve. While damaged vehicles are more solid evidence, they can also be sold or destroyed after an insurance company deems them as total losses. In addition to all this, documents are frequently lost or even destroyed in compliance with certain corporate policies.
If you do not know what constitutes “solid evidence,” it is easy to let it slip through your fingers. An attorney can help ensure you have proper documentation of any and every admissible piece of evidence possible. Not only can a competent lawyer help you understand how to identify, collect, and preserve evidence, they may also send notices requesting the preservation of any potentially important evidence.
You may automatically assume that your insurance company will secure the best possible settlement for you. However, this is not the case. Since every payment to you comes out of their pocket, they have nothing to gain by compensating you for your total damages. On the contrary, they will almost always attempt to reduce their own obligations by pushing you to accept the lowest possible adequate payment.
Additionally, insurance adjusters may call frequently to ask how you are doing. Most people respond as they would in any other sort of polite conversation without realizing that the adjuster will document these responses to use them against the injured party if and when it becomes necessary
It is easy to be fooled into believing that your insurance company has your best interests at heart. Having a seasoned attorney on your side will provide you with a knowledgeable liaison to speak on your behalf. Your lawyer can ensure that the insurance company has only the information they need—and none that could be potentially taken out of context or misunderstood.
Among the most obvious reasons to secure an attorney immediately after suffering a personal injury is to ensure that you file your case before the statute of limitations runs out. Waiting too long can leave you with little-to-no options to seek out damages for your personal injury case. However, not every case is subject to the same statute of limitations. On the contrary, different types of cases are subject to different filing deadlines that vary state-by-state.
Even still, knowing the filing deadlines is not enough. There is a considerable amount of work that goes into preparing a case for formal filing, such as investigating and negotiating the details specific to that case. For that reason, many personal injury attorneys will simply not accept a case that is too close to the filing deadline. If you wait too long to pursue your case, it may be forever disbarred by the time you take action.
Sometimes, it may take you a while to realize that your personal injury case is even worth pursuing. This is especially true since many accidents have lifelong effects that can lay latent until they flare up later on. If you are experiencing any sort of significant distress after suffering your injury, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, financial, or anything in between, it may be worth it to seek out an initial consultation with an attorney immediately after your accident—especially since most initial consultations are free of charge. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Of course, none of what we have just discussed means you should go with the first available attorney you find. You want to find a lawyer who is reliable and trustworthy enough to handle your case. A good lawyer should put your mind at ease and do all the heavy lifting for you. It may take a few tries to find the perfect fit for you and your specific case. Luckily, as mentioned above, most initial consultations with personal injury attorneys are free of charge.
When it comes to seeking out damages for personal injury, you need all the help you can get. Insurance companies have a seemingly endless supply of tools at their disposal and are looking to resolve your case as quickly and cheaply as possible. They may be difficult to deal with, especially if you do not have full and comprehensive knowledge of the tools they may use against you. A good attorney can help you understand how to best navigate your situation and fight for your rights.
At Injury Victim Law, our clients are our top priority. We have nothing to gain from low-balling you and are dedicated to bringing about the successful results you deserve. As a nationwide personal injury attorney, we can help you with all of your personal injury-related concerns. Whether you were the victim of a workplace accident, train accident, slip-and-fall accident, or anything in between, we know how to find the best course of action to take for your particular case. Although we are based in Colorado, our team of experts and investigators are here for you no matter where you are in the U.S.A. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We will do everything in our power to protect your legal interests.