Surviving a car accident can feel like a combination of relief and stress — at the same time. On one hand, even if you have significant injuries, you still have the opportunity to make a recovery, but, on the other hand, the path to recovery is often long and difficult, and full of potential pitfalls and complications.
If you experienced a car accident and suffered injuries, you may be scrambling to file your injury claim as quickly as you can, and it is good to make this a priority. However, it does you little good to file a weak claim that is easy for the other party to dispute or refuse to pay. To obtain full compensation for your losses and suffering, it is wiser to build a strong claim, founded on as much detailed evidence as you can gather.
Begin building your claim immediately
Recovering from an accident while also building and pursuing an injury claim requires delicate balance between the demands of your recovery, the time and energy needed to build a strong claim, and the time limits that the law imposes on filing the claim. If you ignore any of these issues, your recovery suffers.
The first step after any car accident should usually be gathering evidence, if you are able to move. If you have any injuries or have concerns about your ability to reliably gather evidence on your own in your state of mind after the experience, sometimes an attorney may be willing to come to the scene of the wreck to gather evidence.
Next, you should visit to your doctor or another medical professional who can give you a full medical examination. This helps to identify any injuries that you do not feel at first, some of which might be deadly, and also prevents injuries you already know about from worsening. Not only does this keep your safety protected, it provides valuable documentation that you need to build a solid claim.
With these pieces in place, you should begin building your claim as soon as you can. It is a lengthy and difficult process, and you don’t want to run out of time to file, especially if the liability for the accident is contentious.
Don’t miss the deadline to file
While an attorney can help you build your claim professionally and increase the odds of a fair settlement, he or she cannot do the physical work of recovery for you. Be sure to make your health a priority by seeking out proper treatment for your injuries, but keep in mind that you can’t indefinitely wait to file your claim. While the time period varies from state to state, the law requires you to file your claim within a certain amount of time, or else it is invalid.
Your future health and security may depend on the actions you take to keep yourself safe and protected during your recovery from the accident. As you work towards a fair resolution to this complicated, painful experience, protect your rights and wellbeing with a strong claim using the highest quality legal resources you can find, and don’t accept less than you deserve for your losses.