If you’ve been involved in an accident of any kind recently, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and hardships. Many such claims go unreported for a number of reasons. The sufferer may feel that he or she has not been seriously injured at the time of the accident. Victims often believe that their injuries are not serious enough to warrant a claim and lawsuit. In some cases, the victim may even be pressured or coerced out of filing a claim. Whatever the situation, it is important to these victims and their families that the right steps are taken after a personal injury. Here are 5 things to consider when filing a claim for personal injury.
- You Are Not a Doctor
You may feel that you are not injured at the time of the incident. This is especially common in automotive accidents. Those involved in minor collisions don’t think they are hurt, and choose to forego the hassle of exchanging insurance information and seeking legal or medical assistance. However, you may be in shock, and therefore unable to feel the effects of your injuries. Always see a doctor after sustaining an injury to get a comprehensive checkup.
- Who is Responsible?
Always be sure to get the information of responsible parties in any incident involving a personal injury. Whether you’ve been in an automobile accident, fallen on a slippery floor, or even struck by falling debris from a construction site, find out immediately who is to be held accountable for the incident. Most business owners will be very cooperative and kind with those injured on their property, but individuals are often more difficult. Exchange insurance and contact information with all parties involved.
- Have You Followed Procedure?
There are steps involved in filing a personal injury claim. You should see a doctor as soon as possible after the incident. You should talk to a lawyer if any symptoms of a serious injury begin to show. Be sure to keep records of all medical expenses and track any lost wages from time taken off work. These records will be necessary in the event that you should go to court and win a settlement. If you have neglected procedure or kept sloppy records, it will be more difficult to win your case because of personal negligence involved.
- Can You Settle Out of Court?
This is a risky scenario, but it often benefits victims of personal injury to settle out of court. If the responsible parties are willing to pay for associated medical expenses and compensate you for pain and suffering without filing an actual claim, you may be able to save yourself a lot of time and hassle. Of course, if the other parties refuse to take responsibility or are unable to compensate, legal action is the only recourse.
- How Severe is Your Injury?
The severity of your injury will play a significant role in how your claim pans out. Do research on your specific incident; for whiplash accidents, a wealth of information can be found on the web at sites like WhiplashClaim.org.uk and others. Depending on the severity of your injury, the necessary procedures in filing a claim may differ, so be certain that you’re going about things in the right way at all times.