Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve been hurt in an accident and I want to file a claim for my injuries. What’s the first thing I should do?
1. Document the incident. Take pictures of the injuries, location of the accident and any other damages incurred. Journal as much as you can about the accident and the injuries you’ve suffered. Makes notes about conversations you’ve had with other parties involved, police officers, medical providers and insurance companies.
2. Collect the evidence. Be sure to collect and preserve any documents and photographs related to the case. This includes police reports, medical records and bills, email correspondence and any policies you may have.
3. Locate parties involved. Be sure to get the contact information of persons who may have witnessed the accident and could potentially help you prove your case. Keep track of any medical providers or police officers you have spoken to, and any other contacts who may be relevant and helpful.
How soon do I need to notify the other party about my intention to file a claim for my accident injuries?
As soon as possible. The longer you put off this process, the more difficult it may be to pursue your claim and prove your case.
When filling against a government agency or employee, there may be a certain number of days required by law to file for a case. This varies, but your attorney will be able to answer these questions.
When filing against an individual or group of individuals, you can file a claim at anytime.
Giving notice to the individual you are pursuing a personal injury claim against does not obligate you to file a claim. It simply preserves your rights and prevents others from later saying that your claim is unfair because you waited too long to tell them about your injuries. If you promptly notify others that you intend to file a claim for your injuries, you can then move at your own pace.