What is the first actions to take in case of Personal Injury Claim

01/20/2015 by

What is the first actions to take in case of Personal Injury Claim


When you get injured in a slip and fall or in a car accident can often be very stressful and confusing. The first thing you should consider is your health. But when recovered you can start thinking on filing a personal injury claim. The following will show you the first actions you should take to start a personal injury claim.

I got hurt in an accident. What do I need to do first?

As we said before always look up for your health first when injured in an accident. After doing that there is a number of action you should take to preserve your right to file a claim for your personal injuries. The actions below works on most of the situations and there is no order to take them. (Remember if you need to file a clain against government, or a government agency, there is other actions that should be considered.)


Try to get the most evidence possible that points to who caused the accident, and also the damaged that it caused. Pictures are valuable here.

Take notes on everything that has happened to you after the fact. This may include your medical bills, hospital visits, any lost work or wages, etc.

Always look for witnesses that may observed the accident and take their names and contact info. Contact them to make sure their contact information I accurate.

If you had a conversation to other people that were in the accident, be sure to take notes about what was discussed.

Tell anyone that you may file suit against that you are planning on filing a claim for your injuries and property damage.

What's the time limit that I have to notify a person that I am filling a claim for my personal Injury?

If the claim is against an individual or some entity that is not the government or a government agency, there is no time in wich you have to notify that person of your intention to file a lawsuit. That doesn't mean, you should waste time with that matter. The faster you act the more efficient the lawsuit will be, faster actions will probably increase your chances of resolving the personal injury claim than if you wait too much.

What you have to keep in mind is that when you notify people of your intent to file a lawsuit, it doesn't mean that you have to file a lawsuit. By notifying, you will be preserving your rights and prevent the other parties from defending against a lawsuit arguing that you waited too long to inform them your injuries. By taking that action you will be ensuring that you can proceed with negotiations regarding settlement and arbitration at your own speed, without the need to feel rushed.


Is there a timeframe in which I have to file my lawsuit to be compensated for my injuries?


Yes. Working out a personal injury claim can be time consuming, and if you don’t do that in a timely manner, your chances of luck might be very low in collecting any sort of compensation. There is laws on the books for that called "statutes of limitations" that give the maximun time you have to bring certain types of lawsuits. If this time is not respected, you may not be able from ever bringing suit to recover for your injuries. You should always check on your state's statute of limitations for your type of lawsuit and make sure that the time period does not goes by you.

How fast should I file a claim against the government for my personal injury?

The time range in this case may vary depending on the type of case and the state you live in. That period always range from 30 days and one year. You have to abide by these timelines, or you may lose the right to recover any sort of compensation for your injuries or property damage.

Should I call a Lawyer about my Claim?

It's possible for you to settle a claim injuries from a slip and fall and car accident by yourself. But, in most cases the defendant, especially if they are a business, has a Lawyer. To best protect your rights, you should have your own Law Firm to review your claims as soon as possible. After they review your case, you can decide if you want to pursue and take the next actions.