Despite your best efforts to be careful, you have been involved in a collision. You have been injured and suffered property damage. What steps can and should you take to get the compensation you deserve?
Often, the first step is to speak with a lawyer and evaluate your claim. This involves considering the facts and circumstances surrounding your injury and determining who is probably at fault.
If you are the victim of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. However, evaluating a claim involves many other considerations. Is the other party insured? Was he or she at work at the time you were injured? Was he or she drunk or otherwise impaired? How badly are you hurt? Do you have some insurance that will cover your lost wages or injuries? All of these considerations can affect the practicality of making a claim and the likely outcome.
In addition to evaluating the claim, you need to take steps to preserve the evidence. Sometimes this is fairly easy. Medical bills and repair bills are evidence of your losses, so you need to save them. Lost wages are also not that difficult to prove. Other evidence is harder to preserve. Remember to take steps to preserve the evidence as it can easily disappear.
For example, definitely take as many pictures of the scene as you can. Also take pictures of any damage or injuries to you, your car, or your property. Get the names of witnesses and obtain any and all police reports. All of the above can help you to prove your claim.
If necessary, get a lawyer to help you make your claim. Sometimes, this just involves communicating with the other driver’s insurance company, which may lead to settlement of your claim. If settlement discussions prove to be unsuccessful, a lawsuit may be necessary. A lawyer will help you prepare your suit for court so you can prove your case.
While being injured is not very pleasant, unfortunately, it there are times when it happens. If you believe that someone else is responsible for your injuries, contact our firm. We will act quickly to preserve your rights.
For more information on personal injuries visit the Worthington Law Group website.