As the holidays wind down, we at Kaplan Lawyers PC hope that you and your loved ones are able to bask in the afterglow of good times, and look back fondly on a season of merriment. It is during these times that we’re often best able to reflect on our good fortune, and countenance our gratitude for the things that we have. Which is why, if misfortune has befallen you or someone close to you, it is important to be informed of the steps you should take. Problems dealt with expeditiously and efficiently are dramatically more likely to resolve more quickly and happily. So, while we genuinely hope that none of this information becomes necessary for you, we’re very much of the mentality that it’s best to stay well-informed. Better safe, we believe, than sorry. Without further ado, here’s a holiday refresher course on the legal steps you should take if you’ve been injured in an accident.
Do Your Due Diligence
- Stay in contact with all pertinent witnesses. Especially ones with well-informed, firsthand accounts of your incident. These people may prove invaluable in later court proceedings.
- Gather up all of your personal information. This means conversations with anyone involved in the accident, else their contact information. Also anything you might consider evidence, meaning, evidential photographs or receipts, any preliminary paperwork, any contracts that you feel may’ve been breached, and all documents that help support your claim. This may sound like a lot, but in the case of evidence, it’s usually the more the better. A lawyer will help sort out what is truly useful.
Pain & Suffering
- Remember, the pain and suffering victims may suffer in the aftermath of an accident can be both physical and mental. Either sort can warrant significant remunerations awarded by a judge. The fear and distress brought upon by the trauma of an injury are often times as debilitating as any physical wound. Both can keep a victim out of work and at a financial disadvantage. Don’t discount your suffering.
- Unlike person-to-person lawsuit claims, which have no set time limitations within which they must be filed, there is a strict deadline when filing claims against a government agency. Typically, the time constraint is somewhere between a month and a year, though it varies case-by-case. Instead of hesitating, it may be in your best interest to schedule a free consultation with Kaplan Lawyers PC. Our skilled team of attorneys will know best what to do, and can advise you on how quickly you must act.
How To Value Your Claim
- All cases are different. There’s no real way of knowing how much you stand to win without talking through the details with a trained professional. Retaining counsel can help maximize your compensation, and more importantly than that, can help eliminate the stress and difficulty of trying to negotiate through the litigation process alone. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we’d be proud and honored to stand alongside you throughout the entirety of your legal proceedings.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are fast approaching, and we at Kaplan Lawyers PC hope you finish 2014 strongly and begin 2015 even stronger. We hope you enjoy your holiday, while staying careful and remaining vigilant- large crowds and cold weather are often the recipes for mishaps. If you or a loved one has been injured in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our consultations are a free and easy way to learn about your rights and begin fighting for the compensation you deserve.