Common types of personal injury claims include automobile accidents, slip and fall cases, wrongful death cases, and defective product claims. While many personal injury cases settle long before reaching a courtroom, sometimes litigation is inevitable. The trial attorneys at Wiles Richards will work with you to create a case management plan designed to achieve optimal results in the most efficient timeframe possible.
First, you should trade information with the other party and answer any questions presented to you by police officers. Do not, however, volunteer unnecessary information or make admissions. Obtain the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all parties and witnesses at the scene. You should also seek appropriate medical attention as soon as possible, keeping in mind that it is not unusual for aches and pains to first manifest hours or days after the accident.
Be aware that insurance companies often have a representative contact an injured person shortly after an accident has occurred. The insurance companies engage in this practice in an attempt to negotiate settlements before injured parties have an opportunity to contact an attorney and become informed of their rights. If an insurance adjuster contacts you, it is important to make no statements to the adjuster, as these could be used against you at a later time. Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your injuries and learn more about protecting your interests.
The financial compensation in a personal injury case is designed to make you whole after an injury. Many factors contribute to the amount of financial compensation in any individual case, including lost wages and medical expenses. Because it is the injured party’s responsibility to prove losses and expenses, it is important to keep track of all the medical bills, receipts, and invoices related to your injury.