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Accidents can happen at any time and taking the right steps are crucial. You may get an automobile accident, slip and fall on someone’s property, or you may get injured on a product that had a design flaw.
1. Get help immediately!
It is very important to seek medical help so that they can diagnose your injuries. If you wait it may reduce the amount of money you may receive from the accident. They may say by not seeking medical help that you caused your injury to be worse.
2. Call the police to the scene.
Call the police to the scene. Let them take a report so that you will have more evidence and you can ensure you have the names and numbers of the people involved.
3. Don’t talk too much.
Don’ t say too much to the other party. Get a lawyer because if you say the wrong thing they may twist your words around. You are not responsible for coming to the conclusion of who was at fault. Let your lawyer do the work.
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4. Collect all your receipts and records.
Make sure you keep all of your receipts and records so that when you go to court you will have proof of how much the accidents cost you including medical bills and anything else you think you should be compensated for.
5. Have a backup when talking to insurance companies.
If you can get a lawyer to talk to the insurance company. Insurance companies don’t want to lose money so they make filing your claim more stressful and complicated.
6. Don’t sign your life away.
Your lawyer makes a living reading and taking apart documents so let them read them first. If you glance at them and you miss just a few words it could really affect your case. If for any reason you can’t wait to have your lawyer look at them make sure you understand everything you are reading before you sign them. If you get any forms asking for the other party involved to be released from liability and you sign them you will not be able to file a lawsuit because that basically waives your rights to sue.
7) Avoid trying to settle on your own if you don’t understand what to do.
You may want to try to settle on your own to save money. If you feel strongly that you can win then try to find a lawyer that only gets paid if you win. If you fight on your own and you are unsure what you are doing it will ruin the outcome of your lawsuit.
8) Be aware of filing deadlines.
If you do not file quickly you may not be able to file a lawsuit at all. Don’t sit on it and wait.
9. Google is your friend.
Google is your friend. Research as much as you can on what you are trying to do so that you are prepared for everything that is coming your way.
10. Hire the right lawyer for your case.
Google lawyers in your area. Then google their names to learn more about them. Know who you are hiring before you decided what lawyer to choose and make sure you hire the type of lawyer you will need for your case.