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Protecting Your Rights in a Personal Injury Claim

Posted on in Personal Injury

personal injury claim, San Jose personal injury attorneys, accidental injuries, medical treatment costs, personal injury lawsuitSerious and potentially disabling injuries can occur in a variety of situations. While referred to as ‘accidents’, injuries you suffer are often the result of another person’s reckless or negligent conduct. In these situations, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim.

As even the most seemingly minor incidents can end up resulting in major damages and costs, it is important to take the steps necessary to protect yourself when an accident does occur.

Common Types of ‘Accidental’ Injuries 

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 28 million people each year seek care in hospital emergency rooms throughout the United States as the result of accidental injuries. Among the most common causes include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents;
  • Pedestrian and bicycle injuries;
  • Slips, trips, and falls;
  • Being struck by or against objects; and
  • Defective and dangerous products. 

All of the above may be the result of reckless actions on the part of another. Driving too fast or disregarding traffic signals, failing to alert customers or visitors to a property of potential dangers, and failing to correct dangerous conditions or defects are all examples of negligence. In these situations, you may be entitled to compensation, either through an insurance claim or by filing a personal injury lawsuit. 

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Even a minor ‘accident’ can result in major expenses. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that medical treatment costs alone for otherwise minor injuries can run as high as $10,000, while more extensive injuries can end up costing upwards of $1 million or more. To protect yourself and help ensure you get the maximum amount you are entitled to in a claim, it is important to do the following:

  • Notify law enforcement, the property manager, or the product manufacturer as soon as possible, so that a personal injury report can be filed;
  • Make note of any witnesses who may have seen the incident or how it occurred;
  • Get medical treatment immediately for your injuries, regardless of their severity;
  • Follow all of your doctor instructions on work or activity restrictions;
  • Keep records regarding your medical care, and any treatments or medications prescribed;
  • Attend all follow up appointments with your doctor;
  • Refrain from discussing the incident or your injuries or posting about it on social media.

You may be approached by an insurance company for the at fault party looking to settle any potential claims you may have. It is important to realize that these companies have a financial motive for undervaluing or even denying claims, and to speak with an experienced attorney before accepting a settlement or signing any documents.

Reach Out to Us for Help

When you are injured, you have just one chance to get the compensation you need to recover. Contact the Jachimowicz Law Group and get the professional legal guidance you need to ensure you get the maximum amount you are entitled to in a settlement. Call or contact us online today and request a free case consultation with our San Jose personal injury attorneys today.

Source:

http://www.nsc.org/NSCDocuments_Corporate/estimating-costs.pdf

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