When you are injured in an accident or through the actions of another person, it is a terrifying time. You may be facing the inability to work or contribute to life in the way you were used to. You know you deserve coverage for your injuries and recovery, but you don’t know what you can collect or how to go about it. There’s good news: a personal injury attorney can be your best ally in this fight, guiding you through the process and making sure you collect all of the compensation you deserve.
Personal Injury Help
When you suffer a major injury through the fault of another, the one thing you need to understand is that the clock is ticking. You have a set amount of time to file and collect your benefits, and there are a lot of important things you need to handle. This is why seeking the professional help of a personal injury lawyer is essential to making sure you’ve got all your bases covered.
See a Doctor
The timeline of actions you should take is more straightforward than you might think. The moment you realize you are injured, get medical help. The first thing you need to do is take care of yourself and make sure you’re well. Keep all of your paperwork, including subscription receipts, doctor’s reports and records of any medical expenses from office visits to rehabilitation sessions.
Call a Personal Injury Attorney
The next thing you should do is get in touch with a qualified personal injury attorney. You may discover that, as you pursue damages for your injury, insurance companies and the other party try to intimidate, trick or convince you into signing off on settlements that are far lower than you deserve. Never sign any papers until you speak to a lawyer.
Your attorney knows how to investigate the circumstances of the claim and determine exactly what kinds of benefits to which you are entitled, from lost wages to loss of future potential, loss of relationships, medical care, and even pain and suffering.
A Range of Options
The nature of your injury, whether it’s slip-and-fall, an auto accident, a workplace injury, medical malpractice, exposure to toxic substances, construction accidents or any other of a broad range of injury situations will make a huge difference when it comes to how much you can collect.
In addition, when the insurance company or other party refuses to pay out, you are going to want a friend and ally who knows exactly how to battle these kinds of delay tactics. Remember, the other party is likely going to have a legal team on their side; shouldn’t you have one on yours to counter them?
The process of a personal injury case can also be long and trying, and when you’re dealing with the stress of an injury, you want someone to guide you through it. After the initial interview, your lawyer will negotiate with the other side. In the best of worlds, the process ends here.
Unfortunately, it all too often ends up with a lawsuit being filed to make sure you get the maximum to which you are entitled. After this, there is a period where each side investigates the specifics of the accident, followed by more negotiation and mediation. Often, this is the stage where the claim is settled. In the most serious cases, however, the claim will have to go to trial, which can last anywhere from a day to months.
In the end, when you suffer a serious or disabling injury, you want to make sure you are in a position to properly recover and get your life back. This means having a strong South Carolina attorney in your corner. If this has happened to you, get in touch with us at Harris and Graves for a free consultation today. Remember, there’s no fee unless we win your case!