No one in their right mind wants to get injured. No one wants be have a corporate or religious entity take advantage of them and cause them harm. Unfortunately, however, it happens every day. So, what do you do if you are the one who has been injured by the conduct of another person or institution? Well, frankly, it depends on the nature of your injuries but I’ll give you a brief overview of some steps you should take.
SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT AFTER AN ACCIDENT IF INJURED
If you’ve been physically injured either by the action or inaction of another person, then the first thing you should do is seeking medical attention. While this may seem like a no-brainer to most, I’ve had many people call me first before they go to a doctor. Should it ever come out during the case that the victim’s first call was to a lawyer and not a doctor, the jury will have a good basis to believe that the victim is just out for money and was not really injured to begin with. Bottom line: if you’re hurting go to a medical professional first.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO NEGOTIATE THE CASE YOURSELF; HIRE AN ATTORNEY
Of course, if you’ve been seriously injured as a result of a car wreck, slip-and-fall or medical negligence, then more than likely you’ve received extensive medical treatment. You may have been contacted by the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. If that is the case, I would strongly recommend that you retain an attorney before communicating with the insurance company. Insurance companies are out to make as much money as possible. Not paying claims or not paying as much for claims as they should are great methods for saving money. An unrepresented claimant is easy pickings for an experienced claims adjuster. You will likely wind up getting significantly less for your claim if you try to represent yourself than if you hire a lawyer even when the lawyer gets a percentage of the recovery.
HIRE A LAWYER FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURIES
If your injuries are more psychological in nature (been emotionally or sexually abused or taken advantage of by someone) it is also very important to seek treatment for those psychological injuries. Go to a psychologist or psychiatrist that you trust and pour out your heart to them. Emotional injuries can be devastating but because they are unseen, defense attorneys often feel they have no merit. It is imperative that you hire an attorney to represent you in such cases. I can assure you that no corporation or religious institute will take your claim seriously unless you have counsel.
If you’ve been harmed by the actions of another, please give me a call today at 404-474-2531 for a free and confidential consultation.