April 22nd

Did you know that you’re entitled to compensation for personal injuries caused by the negligent acts of others? Recoverable damages may include reimbursement for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, mental suffering, physical limitations, and disfigurement. Here are ten steps to making sure you get a fair settlement for your injuries:

1. Seek medical treatment properly.

2. Collect all documents concerning the accident (police reports, witness statements, medical reports).

3. Get photographs of all the important elements in your case.

4. Don’t have your vehicle repaired until you have taken photographs of the damage. This is why it is wise to carry a camera with you at all times, even if it’s just a disposable one. You never know when it will come in handy!

5. Don’t release your medical records to the other party’s insurance agency.

6. Don’t let the insurance adjuster talk you into settling your case.

7. Know all of the damages due to your accident, including medical costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, repair costs, transportation and any other out of pocket expenses.

8. Keep all bills and receipts for your records.

9. Continue under your doctor’s care until you are released from treatment and know of all injuries. Just because you’re not hurting today doesn’t mean you won’t be hurting tomorrow!

10. Ask a qualified, experienced personal injury lawyer to evaluate your case.

This isn’t something that is going to be taken care of in a matter of days. It is a lengthy process but well worth it in the end. It is important to know that your case is being treated with the most care and expertise available to you and that it’s being thoroughly reviewed. Here’s a list of some of the incidents that involve potential negligent behavior:

• Personal injury or death

• Auto & 18-wheeler accidents

• Burn injuries

• Construction accidents

• Medical negligence

• Nursing home neglect

• Defective products

You never know when an accident can happen, so it’s always important to be prepared!

Jeff Davis

Attorney at Law