Accidents can happen when you least expect it. You could be injured at work, sitting at a stoplight, walking out of a grocery store and just about anywhere else you can think of. Regardless of whether your injury was minor or severe, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Dealing with a personal injury claim takes a lot of time and patience. The last thing you want is for something to stand in the way of your being able to get a favorable settlement. To make sure your case goes smoothly, consider the following.
Make sure you have a police report on file
Many people end up leaving the scene of an accident without ever filing a police report. Even if you think the accident was nothing more than a fender bender and there aren't any major injuries, you need to stay put until you have the police report in hand. Oftentimes, injuries can make their presence known later. With a police report, you have the evidence you need to present to the court in the case of a personal injury claim. It contains all of the relevant information pertaining to the accident.
Make sure you have accurate records about the incident
Document everything relating to your mileage back and forth to the doctor, therapist, pharmacy and anywhere else you have to go. You should also keep receipts for your medical bills, lost wages, insurance bills and damage to your property. Keep an injury journal that specifies all of your injuries, the pain you are dealing with and how often you are in pain.
Get the insurance claim filed right away
Time is more crucial than ever when it comes to a personal injury claim. You only have so long to file a claim after being injured. If you wait around to file anything, the insurance company is probably going to question just how severe your injuries are and why you waited to do anything about them. If you wait until after the deadline has expired, you won't be eligible for benefits. Your lawyer can make sure you get your paperwork turned in on time.
Going through a personal injury claim is difficult enough, but it doesn't have to be as complicated as some make it. If you have specific questions about personal injury cases and the laws surrounding them, contact an attorney with a firm like Hensley Law Team.
If you are unable to work because of an illness or injury, you may qualify for social security disability payments. This money comes from a fund you have probably contributed to during your time in the work force, and it is likely that you have the right to disability payments using this money. As an attorney specializing in social security disability, I have a great deal of experience in helping clients determine if they qualify for disability payments. I hope that this blog will help people who have been injured understand what it means to qualify for social security disability benefits and how to go about getting that help.