Victims of negligence suffer from another’s carelessness. For example, pedestrians struck by automobiles may become quadriplegics or drivers struck by other drivers may lose their memories. Despite these injuries, all hope is not lost. There are a few steps that every personal injury victim can take to reclaim his/her life: 1) Get a lawyer who specializes in personal injury, returns calls, and understands your needs. This advice may seem like common sense. However, you would be surprised to discover how many do not follow it. 2) Collect records and begin a filing system. This should include folders for medical records, lost wages, and discussions with insurance companies. 3) Notify your insurance company. However, be wary of notifying insurance companies of the defendant without a lawyer. Often, the other insurance company records conversations or seeks to settle your claim for an unfair value. On the other hand, it is always important to give notice to your insurance company, especially in cases involving uninsured motorist coverage. 4) Actively and PROMPTLY seek medical attention. If you’ve been hurt in an accident. Pursue medical attention immediately thereafter. Sometimes, you could be hurt worse than you initially thought. For example, traumatic brain injuries are on the rise in automobile collisions; they are difficult to detect. 5) Document your limitations in a diary. The law gives a dollar value to all of the suffering resulting from your injury. Unless you document what you are experiencing, no one will know that it exists. 6) Get a support group. Injuries are difficult on our lives. Surround yourself with people that will encourage you. Your support group can be made of family, pastors, or counselors.
These 6 steps are not a complete list because every case is different. However, they should provide a good guideline for you. If you’ve been a victim of a personal injury, CALL THE MANCE LAW GROUP, LLC at 912.574.4LAW (4529). For more information about this article, visit our Facebook Page or website.