When someone is injured either on the job or in an accident it is hard to think clearly. Between doctor’s visits, medication and general pain it can be hard to think about contacting an Injury Lawyer to look at possible legal repercussions of the injury, however there are five very good reasons why that phone call should be at the top of anyone’s list after an injury.
Statute of limitations on filing for compensation
Contacting a trained Injury Lawyer can mean the difference between filing on time and getting the case kicked out of court. There is a specified time for filing a suite in most states. This time can be anywhere between one and two years from time of the injury. An Attorney specializing in injury cases will be able to help determine if this statute of limitation has expired or not.
Attorneys can assist with evidence collection
In some cases there may be question about what happened, when it happened and who was present at the time? Injury Lawyers can assist with these questions as well as collection of other evidence. Witness statements can help solidify a case they can be, sometimes, just as important as the injured person’s statement. Attorneys can request police reports if there are any. These reports can show intent of the injured person to seek compensation for medical bills, lost time at work and be a record of the incident leading to the injury in the first place. Other items Attorneys may ask for as evidence is: injury reports from medical professionals and employers (if the injury occurred at work), photos of the area the incident happened and security tapes that may contain visual record of the injury in progress.
Attorneys can aide in determining liability
It is sometimes unclear as to where the liability in an accident or injury truly lies. An Injury Lawyer can help determine the liability after looking at the facts and collecting statements from all parties involved. Clear liability is important when taking a case before a court. It establishes that one is suing the correct party, and that both parties have stake in the outcome of the case.
Attorneys can aide in determining who to sue
After liability is determined it is good practice to figure out who to sue. Cases in point; if a large corporation is determined to be liable for the injury does the injured person sue the corporation or the manager of the specific location? An Injury Lawyer will be able to help with the answer to that question.
What Damages are a person entitled to
So liability has been determined, the injured person now knows who to sue, so how much can they get? This question can only be answered by precise interpretation of the law as it applies to their case. Strict and precise interpretation of the law should always be left to professionals. So it is a good idea to hire an attorney who deals with injury cases on a regular basis.
It is for these five reasons that hiring a great Injury Lawyer is a good idea when one has been injured. Injury cases can be confusing for the most educated person when they are healthy and well, consider how confusing they can be when one is injured and in pain or taking heavy pain medication. Always leave these cases to professionals and take time to convalesce as the right person handles everything else.