What Should Personal Injury and Accident Victims Ask About Their Case
It is important that victims of personal injury be aware of their rights under the law. Below, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Long Beach-based accident attorney Edward Deason answers some commonly asked questions regarding personal injury law
How Do I Know If I Have A Personal Injury Case?
In order to have a personal injury case, you need to have suffered an injury to yourself or to your property, and that injury must have been caused, at least in part, by someone else's negligent or deliberately wrongful actions.
Remember, in some cases, you do not have to have suffered a physical injury to file a personal injury claim. For example, if you were assaulted, you may not have been physically injured, but you have to be able to prove that you expected to be injured in some way. Or, in other cases someone may have attacked your reputation or caused you extreme emotional distress.
At the Law Offices of Edward Deason , we can evaluate your case and make a determination as to whether you have a viable personal injury claim.
How Long After My Injury Should I Wait Before Contacting an Attorney?
You should contact an attorney as soon as possible after your injury. There are time limits that vary from state to state dictating how long after your injury occurred you have to file a lawsuit against the responsible party or parties.
What Should I Bring with Me for My First Meeting with an Attorney?
You should bring whatever documents you feel might have relevance to your case, such as a police report, doctor or hospital bills, medical records, and eyewitness contact information. If your injury occurred in a car accident , you should also bring any information about the insurance company of the other driver as well as your own. In addition, you should bring any photographs you might have of the accident scene, your injuries, and property damage. The more information you can provide to the attorney, the better. If you don't have any documents at your first meeting with the attorney, don't worry; the attorney will be able to gather them during the investigation phase of your personal injury claim.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take?
The time it takes to settle a personal injury claim can vary greatly and depends on a variety of circumstances. It is important to allow the injuries to start to heal before entering into settlement negotiations. In some cases, it can take weeks or months for the consequences of a serious injury to appear. This doesn't mean you should wait to file a claim, however. What it does mean is that the attorney may advise you to wait to settle the claim until your doctor has issued his or her final medical report stating the diagnosis of the injuries and the prognosis for your recovery from those injuries.
At the Law Offices of Edward Deason, we can personally answer these and any other questions you may have about your personal injury claim. We will evaluate your case and work hard to present the strongest case possible on your behalf. Contact Orange County, Long Beach, and Los Angeles-based accident attorney Edward Deason to schedule a review of your case.