Have You Been Injured?
Understand Your Legal Rights
If you have been physically or economically injured by any wrongdoer, whether in an automobile collision, bicycle accident, pedestrian accident, motorcycle collision, construction or workplace accident, premise liability case, or other personal injury accident, you have certain legal rights to make claims against the wrongdoer. You have the right to be compensated for:
- Damage to your vehicle in an automobile collision;
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Mileage expenses;
- Out-of-pocket expenses;
- Loss of enjoyment of life, physical and mental pain and suffering;
- Partial or full disability; and
- Permanency of injuries.
If you have been physically or economically harmed by a wrongdoer, it is critical that you not sign a release form provided to you by the wrongdoer or any insurance company. You should consult with a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
If you have been in an accident, below are some helpful tips on how to document and preserve your claim:
- Make sure the accident is reported to the appropriate police agency and that a Police Traffic Collision Report is completed;
- Write down the names, addresses and numbers for all witnesses to the accident;
- If you have been injured, seek medical attention promptly;
- Follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations and get appropriate, necessary and reasonable medical treatment in order for you to make a full recovery;
- Take photographs of any vehicle damage, the accident site, and any visible injuries you have sustained, including bruises;
- Retain all receipts for out-of-pocket expenses such as prescriptions or medical devices;
- Keep a journal of the pain you have been experiencing and what you do to relieve it;
- Do not sign releases with any insurance company; and
- Promptly consult with a qualified personal injury attorney.