What To Do After An Accident
Personal Injury Lawyers in Reno, NV
Personal Injury cases are always traumatic. Whether the injury is minor, severe or even unfortunately results in death, the victim(s) suffers some level of economic loss and emotional distress beyond the actual injury and most often than not, these injuries are priceless. Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney ensures that you as the victim or family of the victim receive proper compensation from the party responsible for your damages.
When you are the victim of a personal injury, there are four things your lawyer must do right away to preserve your claim:
- Promptly investigate the accident
- Ensure availability of thorough medical treatment
- Preserve evidence,
- Commence a potential lawsuit prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations
What to do at any Accident?
If you have an accident and are injured — Act Fast!
If you become involved in an auto accident, a slip and fall injury, or if you have suffered injuries from any other kind of accident, there are several reasons why you need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
Be certain to file your lawsuit prior to the expiration of the “statute of limitations.” If you wait too long and the statutory period provided for under the state’s “statute of limitations” expires, you will be forever barred from pursuing your claim. Some of these limitations are as short as 30 days. You should act fast and seek legal representation!
Another important reason you should seek legal representation immediately is that delay can hurt your case in some instances. As time passes, it becomes more difficult to gather evidence and to find and interview witnesses. Some of the witnesses may have moved or some may forget the details of your accident.
Because waiting too long can cause your claim to be dismissed – or compromise your chances of recovery – it is important that you seek legal representation as soon after the accident as possible.
What to Do After an Accident….
- Get information and identification from witnesses including contact information. They will be gone soon and perhaps impossible to find.
- Take notes about the accident.
- Don’t discuss the accident with anyone at the scene, and DO NOT discuss the accident with ANYONE until such time as you have had the opportunity to seek legal counsel. Sometimes it is difficult to avoid talking to a police officer about the accident. In this case, make sure the investigating officer accurately understands your description of the accident and that the investigating officer takes notes about what you say. It is from those notes that the officer will write a report regarding your accident and your statement.
- If an “adjuster” shows up at the scene – as often happens in some accidents – don’t settle with anyone on the spot and do not provide any explanation or written statement to the adjuster. Remember, an insurance adjuster works for the insurance company and not for you. Whose interest does an insurance adjuster have in mind? … only the insurance company. You should never take an “on the spot” settlement because there is no possible way to determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to until such time as your doctor has ascertained the extent of all your injuries, your need for medical treatment or perhaps surgery, and any resulting future restrictions or limitations.
- If you are injured – See a Doctor quickly! In most instances, aches and pains will not develop until after a few days, and some injuries are not obvious. Consult with our firm on which medical doctor will provide the service you need.
- Consult with the experienced attorneys of our firm, so that they can conduct an immediate investigation to get matters started.
Contact Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney Reno Nevada Law Office today to resolve your Personal Injury case