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Crucial Steps to Take After a Personal Injury

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In the blink of an eye, life can take an unexpected turn. Personal injuries can disrupt your routine, leaving physical, emotional, and financial scars. This blog aims to shed light on the crucial steps after an injury, empowering you to navigate the often complex path to recovery.

 

1. Seek Medical Attention Immediately:

Your health is the top priority. After an injury, seek medical attention promptly. Documenting injuries and following medical advice not only aids your recovery but also strengthens your case.

 

2. Gather Evidence:

Begin collecting evidence at the scene if possible. Take photographs, gather witness statements, and make note of any details that could support your case. This documentation can be invaluable later on.

 

3. Report the Incident:

File a police report or incident report as soon as possible. This official documentation creates a record of the event, providing crucial support for your personal injury claim.

 

4. Preserve Evidence:

Safeguard any evidence related to your injury, such as medical records, bills, and correspondence. This documentation will serve as a foundation for your case, demonstrating the extent of your injuries and associated expenses.

 

5. Consult with an Attorney:

Engaging a personal injury attorney can make a significant difference in your case. A legal professional can guide you through the process, assess the strength of your claim, and advocate for your rights.

 

6. Know Your Rights:

Educate yourself on your rights as an injured party. Understanding the legal aspects of personal injury claims empowers you to make informed decisions and ensures you receive fair compensation for your damages.

 

7. Document Your Damages:

Keep a detailed record of all expenses related to the injury, including medical bills, rehabilitation costs, medical devices and any lost wages. This comprehensive documentation strengthens your case during negotiations.

 

8. Initiate the Claims Process:

Work with your attorney to initiate the claims process. Timely filing is crucial, and your attorney will help you navigate the paperwork and communication with insurance companies.

 

9. Negotiation and Settlement:

Your attorney will negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance to secure a fair settlement and get you the justice you deserve.  Be patient during this process, as reaching an equitable agreement may take time.

 

10. Consider Litigation:

If a settlement cannot be reached, your attorney may advise pursuing litigation. While this adds complexity, it may be necessary to ensure you receive proper compensation for your injuries.

 

Conclusion:

Recovering from a personal injury involves both physical and legal aspects. By taking proactive steps, seeking professional guidance, and understanding your rights, you empower yourself to reclaim control over your life. Remember, you’re not alone on this journey—legal support can be a crucial ally in your pursuit of justice and recovery. If you are involved in any type of accident which causes injury, call Hicks & Motto, at 561-683-2300. Results Matter.

What You Need to Know When You Have a Slip and Fall Injury and Possible Claim

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In this chaotic fast paced world where you are on the go 24/7. Slip and fall accidents do occur and it’s amazing how just this simple incident can lead to major issues that can last a lifetime. If you get hurt because of the negligence of a business owner, a company, or another person, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and damages. If you want to pursue a claim, here is some advise:

First, you need to have evidence to demonstrate liability or why the person or company is at fault. Just because you fall at a business, doesn’t mean the business owner is liable. The evidence you collect and whether or not it would hold up in court will differ based on the case. In any event, since everyone has a cell phone with a camera function, it is crucial to your claim to take photographs of the area where you fell and of any substance that might have contributed to the fall, i.e. water, a grape, soap. In addition, if there were any witnesses to the fall, attempt to obtain the person’s name and telephone number, as their testimony as to what occurred can be very beneficial to the claim. Finally, preserve the shoes that you were wearing at the time of the fall, as they are now evidence regarding the claim. You should place the shoes in a safe area, and no longer wear them.

Furthermore, you need to seek the appropriate medical treatment to help alleviate the pain and discomfort, and ultimately lead to the resolution of your injuries. Not every doctor is trained to treat injuries arising from a slip and fall incident, sometime specialists are needed depending on the injury. Never delay, seek medical treatment immediately after the fall.

You can represent yourself, but you do have the option to retain a lawyer. Most people will say, “well I don’t have money to go see a lawyer”, but in the State of Florida, personal injury attorneys work on what is called a contingency, which means we ONLY get paid if we are able to obtain money for your claim.

Here at Hicks and Motto, we specialize in personal injury claims and have seen numerous cases and would love to be able to help you receive justice for your claim. We look forward to speaking with you and fighting on your behalf. Remember at Hicks & Motto, “Results Matter”.

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