What Steps Should I Take If I Have To File A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Simply, hire an attorney. Navigating the Courts is not a simple task for the unrepresented. Persons can take steps which can cause their case to be dismissed. The more important question is, “what steps should one take at the scene of an automobile collision or injury causing event?” The steps you should take start right after the collision. At the scene, you must capture as many photographs as you can. Your car remains in your custody, where you can always take photographs. It’s the other vehicle that was involved in the collision whose photographs you will not be able to take later. Sometimes, your vehicle will not sustain damage that is as noticeable, however, the vehicle that struck you will have significant damage. Why is that important? It shows that the impact exerted upon your body was significant enough to cause the injuries you sustained. In a slip and fall incident, it is important to take photographs of the scene or the trip/slip causing mechanism, because it may be repaired or remedied.
Other things that are important at the accident or collision scene are witnesses. Most of the time, people admit fault at the scene and then reflect and later change their stories because they now know that their insurance rates are going to rise. It’s important to gather as many witnesses at the scene as possible. Take down that person’s name and number. If that person is unwilling to give you his name or number, take a photograph of that person’s driver’s license plate and we can get that information later. Even in cases where a police officer arrives on scene sometimes they will fail to secure the statement of these witnesses or to take down their contact information. The insurance companies, despite the statements that are attributed to their insured in the traffic collision report, can and sometimes will stand by whichever statement disputes fault. It’s always important to gather information at the scene.
There are also certain things that are important not to do and that is to speak to the other insurer. It’s best not to speak with an insurance company representative, especially an insurance company representative from the other side, who will immediately ask you to give a recorded statement. The purpose of that recorded statement is to get you to say things like that you’re feeling okay. They will take that statement out of context later and claim that you were not injured as you said, “I’m okay”. It’s always best to consult a lawyer, even if you are not going to retain one. To speak to a lawyer is free and many would be more than willing to give you advice over the phone. If they will not, we will.
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