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Basic Personal Injury FAQ
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
First, you must have suffered an injury to your person or property. Second, you should consider whether your injury was someone else’s fault. It is not always necessary to have a physical injury to bring a personal injury lawsuit — some personal injury claims can be based on a variety of nonphysical losses and harms. In the case of an assault, for example, you do not need to show that a person’s action caused you actual physical harm, but only that you expected some harm to come to you. Similarly, you also may have a case if someone has caused injury to your reputation, invaded your privacy or intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon you.
What should I do if I am injured in an accident?
1.Get Medical Help!
If you are a Philadelphia personal injury victim involved in a car accident, slip and fall or other personal injury, the first and most important thing to do is always seek appropriate medical attention. It’s important that you clearly convey all of your injuries to your doctor or the emergency services doctor, and explain exactly how the injury occurred. You’ll need that information documented later, but it’s critical to ensuring that you receive adequate medical care.
2.Document Your Injuries
Photograph your injuries
Keep notes, including
- Medical appointments/treatment
- Therapy session (including progress & limitations)
- Lost work time
- Other lost time/activities
- Pain and limitations
- Expenses incurred as a result of injuries/limitations
Document conversations/information received from
- Doctors and other medical professionals
- The insurance company
Keep all receipts, prescription records, etc.
3. Contact a Philadelphia Lawyer Immediately
Don’t deal with the insurance company yourself! It’s imperative that you don’t talk to insurance company representatives without a Philadelphia personal injury attorney. They may claim that they want to make the process as easy as possible in the event of a car accident in Philadelphia, or that they just need information about your slip and fall in order to get you paid more quickly, but they’re really trying to get you to say something that might harm your personal injury case later. They may even try to get you to agree to a quick settlement, claiming that it’s for your benefit because they know you have bills and medical expenses piling up while you’re unable to work. The truth is that they’re anxious to get you to sign on the dotted line because in most Philadelphia personal injury cases, once you’ve agreed to a settlement, you can’t ever come back and ask for anything more, even if you later discover that your injuries are more extensive than you realized, you have unexpected medical bills, or you’re disabled for much longer than you’d anticipated.
How much is my case worth?
The best and most effective way to be sure of the approximate value of an injury claim is for the factors of your case to be evaluated by a qualified Philadelphia personal injury lawyer.
Many people trust insurance companies to determine the fair value of their claim when they are injured in an accident. Sadly, the primary objective of the insurance company is to maximize their profits by limiting the amount of money paid to an injured person.
Your first consultation with Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney Joe Mitchell is FREE and you PAY NOTHING UNTIL I GET MONEY FOR YOU!
My goal in every case is to get the best possible results in the least amount of time using the most aggressive approaches possible at the most economical cost to the client. The value of your Philadelphia personal injury case depends on many factors which I will be happy to discuss during your free consultation.
It costs nothing to find out and nothing until you recover. Call now at 215-577-7111.
If I didn’t go to the hospital after my accident, but now I am feeling pain, can I still recover money?
Go to the doctor and seek medical treatment immediately! If you have health or auto insurance you may be able to get them to pay for all or part of the medical treatment. If you don’t have insurance, go to the doctor anyway. Some doctors and clinics will wait to be paid out of a settlement/award if they know that you are represented by a qualified personal injury lawyer and that your injury was someone else’s fault. Contact Attorney Joe Mitchell for a FREE consultation at 215-577-7111.