If you’ve been injured in any type of accident and believe that someone else was at fault for the accident then you may have a legal right to file a personal injury case to be compensated for your damages. All cases are different but you do have accesso a free legal consultation. Just contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030. In the meantime, read on to find out why timing is so important.
If you believe you have a case then you should act quickly
The first thing to know is that if you believe you have a case then you should contact a personal injury attorney sooner rather than later. In most cases, you will have two full years from the date of the accident to file your claim. That said, this does not always apply. One example is when the defendant is a government agency. In that case, you have just six months to file notice that you will be filing a lawsuit. The fact that your time is limited is enough reason in itself to contact an attorney today.
Should you contact an attorney even if the accident was minor?
One of the most common issues for people is that they believe if they have not suffered serious injuries then they do not have a case or a reason to contact a personal injury attorney. This is false. While it is true that a very minor accident in which there was little to no property damage and no medical costs would likely not warrant the need or an attorney, it is also true that some injuries are not immediately apparent. Keep an eye out for symptoms and if you experience them, contact a doctor and then an attorney.
Was someone else at fault for your accident?
Of course, just being injured does not mean that someone else is at fault for that injury. For example, if you were outside a bank and you slipped and fell then it may be that it was simply an accident and no one was at fault. On the other hand, if you fell because of a hazard that the bank should have been aware of and had a legal duty to remedy, then you may have grounds to hold them accountable.
Has the insurance adjuster offered you a settlement?
If they have, then you may be tempted to take it and be done with the matter. It is highly advised that you do not do so without first talking to an attorney. Remember that the insurance adjuster is not on your side – even if it is your insurance company. They are in the business of making money for the company they work for – the insurance company – and they are going to look for ways to reduce settlements.
You should always run your settlement by a personal injury attorney before deciding if it is a good option for you. To get a free legal consultation, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 now.