The National Center for Health Statistics has data showing that every year there are roughly 31 million injured people who require hospitalization. Additionally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roads across the United States witness nearly 5.5 million car accidents every year; 3 million of these end up in injuries.
And that isn’t all. Personal injuries can occur anywhere: from construction accidents to medical malpractice. With so many people injured around the country, and so many personal injury claims making the books, it’s only natural that liabilities become a bone of contention in the courts. There are always things that can go wrong when you have a personal injury claim on the side.
And they do.
Seeing a Doctor
If you’ve been injured as a result of an accident, seeing a doctor should be your first priority. We know that it can be pricey, but it helps you make your case strong. The longer you delay, the fewer your chances of building a strong case. Your medical treatment is proof of the injuries sustained; keeping a detailed record of everything involved is essential.
Most of the time, you might never even imagine what counts as vital information. For many personal injury claims, it’s just a question of depicting that the accident was deadly. In truth, you need a lot more than that. From police reports to witness testimonies, keeping track of everything that can help you make your case is vital. Estimates from the insurance company are also crucial, since these will help you get paid for your losses.
As you move forward with a personal injury claim, you’ll realize that so much goes into the process—such as signing several documents. Reading these documents is essential. It’s not like those Terms and Conditions pages that we all love to skip. Miss out on the details in these documents, and the next thing you know, you’ve waived your right to sue the negligent party. Whether it’s a form or a settlement, read.
Or hand them over to your lawyer—which brings us to the final problem.
One of the things you definitely don’t want to do in a personal injury claim is to do it yourself—unless you’re a lawyer with years of experience. We know that the greatest priority anyone ever has after an accident that results in personal injuries is getting well soon. The question of hiring a lawyer, however, should not be put on the back burner. Because this decision will come back to bite you.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Chico, California, and are looking for a law firm to represent you and help with your personal injury claim, get in touch with us at The Law Offices of Ron Marquez today. You can also call us at 530-332-8110.