Personal injury claims are one of the most common forms of litigation filed as they happen easily to just about everyone. From auto accidents to property negligence and everything in between, these things happen but need to be taken seriously since the law provides for compensation for individuals who have been harmed due to the negligence of someone else. While claims like these are common, they shouldn’t be taken lightly and should be navigated with a plan. Here are a few tips to get you started when thinking about pursuing a personal injury claim.
Outline Your Liability and Damages
In order to prove how the negligence of someone else has harmed you and that you’ve been affected by a personal injury in some way, documentation is imperative. As these documents are compiled through a process called “discovery,” you and the person you are seeking compensation from will be examined to see what damage was caused and what you should be awarded as a result, if anything. Making sure that you have documentation outlining the exact injuries brought against you will keep this process clear-cut and running smoothly.
Filing claims takes time and effort but can be necessary to get the compensation deserved from discomfort caused by someone else. Seeking out a personal injury claim in addition to busy everyday life can be challenging, but it is important to stay on top of the process. Staying organized with all the documentation for a case can be relatively simple if you take a moment here and there to keep up with it. Avoiding it will cause too much information and documentation to pile up and can transform a personal injury claim into a huge stressor. Date information, put it into folders in a safe place, write yourself notes and reminders — there are a variety of things you can do to stay organized. With so many details going into personal injury cases, keeping everything together will help with the process if you decide to hire legal representation.
Know Your State’s Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims
Even though it is better to file a personal injury claim sooner than later, waiting to file depending on the issue can be understood. Taking the time to think through the claim and make sure filing is the right option for you is commendable but time can run out. From state to state, it varies on how long a statute of limitations is set for personal injury claims. In the state of Pennsylvania, personal injury claims can be filed within two years of the incident occurring as outlined in 42 Pa. Consol. Stat. § 5524(2).
Get Help to Know When to Settle
While few personal injury claims end up going to trial, legal help can be the key to winning a personal injury case. Knowing when to go to trial and when to settle is important as it could completely change the outcome of your case. Don’t let the stress of handling a case by yourself get in the way of receiving compensation. Hire a personal injury lawyer and have someone alongside you to guide you through the process.
Are you experiencing pain or suffering caused by someone else’s negligence? KBG Injury Law can help you receive restitution from wrongdoings brought against you. Schedule a free consultation with a KBG lawyer today to get ahead, stay organized and get the Results You Deserve®.
The personal injury attorneys at KBG Injury Law are all experienced litigators. Almost all of them represented insurance companies prior to becoming advocates for injured people, which provides them with a unique perspective and insight into how these companies operate. They also offer extensive courtroom experience if going to trial is the best legal alternative for the client.