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4 Steps for Seeking Compensation after an Injury

If you suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, after being involved in an accident, you may not know what to do or even who to contact to get the process started.

To get the compensation you deserve, here are the steps you need to follow.

Take Action Immediately

If you’ve been injured, you need to take immediate action. Since every state has its own statute of limitations, you only have a set amount of time to file a claim. If you fail to do so, you could lose the right to receive compensation from the negligent party.

Seek Medical Attention

Always seek medical attention after any injury. Even if your injuries seem minor, you may still need medical attention. Many times, victims don’t realize the extent of their injuries until much later. Provide the attending medical personnel with all of the details regarding the incident.

In addition, tell them about any pain or symptoms you’re experiencing. Never downplay the severity just to avoid going to the hospital. Particularly, when working with a compensation lawyer, they need the facts to be clear and concise, so always tell the truth about how you are feeling.

Keep Accurate Records

It’s important to keep accurate records of what happened leading up to the time of injury, in addition to afterward. Proper evidence can be the difference between receiving compensation and being left with a mountain of medical bills you can’t pay. Keep all vital information about your medical visits and any documents related to your case in order. These should include medical records, police reports, medical bills, photos of the accident scene and documentation of lost wages.

Do Not Talk About Your Case

The most important thing you can do is not discuss your case with anyone but your compensation lawyer. Do not discuss your case with family, friends or co-workers. These people could be asked to testify and having previous knowledge could be detrimental to your case. You also need to refrain from posting about your accident on social media. Any comments made could be used against you.

Final Thoughts

Being involved in any type of accident can be frightening, but knowing how to seek compensation for injuries and lost wages can dramatically change the outcome. Know your worth and seek legal advice if involved in an accident.

Author information: Anica Oaks is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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