Personal injuries can be traumatic events. A lot of people find it extremely difficult to move on from them after they occur. If you have been unfortunate enough to have been involved in one then you need to take immediate action. The sooner you act, the faster you can secure your future. As long as your injuries were caused by another person’s negligence then you can claim compensation. You can use this compensation to support yourself financially in the wake of your accident.
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This post will tell you how you can go about claiming compensation and what else you need to do following an accident:
Immediately after an accident has taken place you need to call an ambulance. Phoning the emergency services will help you to get an idea of the extent of your injuries and determine how badly hurt you are. If you are not injured but somebody else is then again, you need to call for help. Not calling for help when another person has been injured is considered a crime in some states. If you own a smartphone you should be able to call for help using your phone’s voice-activated support system. Ensure this is turned on in case of emergencies.
Before you get discharged from the hospital you need to ask the doctor that is looking after you for a medical certificate, verifying your injuries. Unless you have a medical certificate it’ll be difficult to claim compensation. No lawyer is going to take you as a client if you have no evidence of your injuries. In addition to keeping medical records, it is also sensible to try and get evidence on the scene of the accident, i.e., photographic or video. Taking evidence from the scene will give you much more credibility in the eyes of attorneys, insurance companies and judges.
You need a lawyer’s support if you want to stand a chance at getting compensation. Finding a personal injury lawyer isn’t always easy though. To find one you will need to conduct extensive research and read reviews. A lawyer’s reviews will tell you everything you need to know about them and help you to decide whether it is sensible to work with them or not. If a lawyer has negative reviews then make sure that you find another. Don’t settle for one just because their prices are low (because cost should always be a consideration of yours) if their reviews are bad.
You need to inform your employer if you are employed and tell them about your injuries. It’s necessary to do this even if you are able to return to work. Notifying your employer about injuries can help them to prepare the office for you upon your return. If your job is strenuous and requires heavy lifting then rather than returning, you’ll need to take a leave of absence. You again will need to tell your employer that you intend to take a break. Depending on company policy you could get paid leave or could be temporarily suspended.
How do you plan on living with your injuries and supporting yourself financially? A lot of people’s first instinct upon receiving injuries is to see if they qualify for their company’s sick pay scheme. However, yours should be applying for disability benefits. If your injuries are so severe that you cannot return to work then nothing else makes sense. Disability benefits will be paid out to you on a monthly basis so that you can support yourself and continue to provide for your family. Your lawyer will be able to help you to apply for them if you are unsure how to.
You may need to adapt your living space depending on your injuries. Bear in mind that after you apply for compensation, the guilty party’s insurance agency will begin investigating you. While this post is in absolutely no way condoning exaggerating injuries to get compensation, making adaptations to your house (if you need to) can be a good way of proving to insurers that you are indeed injured and your life has been irrevocably changed. You will likely have the money reimbursed for any adaptations made as part of your compensation settlement.
Injuries can have a devastating toll on people’s mental health. If you are suffering mentally because of injuries you have sustained in an accident caused by another person’s negligence then you may want to consider therapy. Therapy is a good option because entering into it means you will have somebody to talk to about your problems. Sitting down and discussing your problems with another person can be very therapeutic and good for your mental health. Therapy will give you a chance to voice issues and concerns you have and work through your problems.
Physical therapy is something that you need to think about as well. Unfortunately, physical therapy sessions are very expensive. If you plan on undergoing such therapy, you’ll either need to do so through your insurer or make sure that the person who injured you pays for it. Discuss physical therapy with your lawyer and they should be able to negotiate with the guilty person’s insurance agency and include the costs of it as part of your final settlement. You will also receive a living component, as in compensation to help you live a comfortable life if you cannot return to work.
Returning to Work
Are you going to be able to return to work? If your injuries are severe then the answer is probably no. However, you should seriously consider and think about returning to work. Don’t immediately discount it because you think your injuries are more serious than they are. While compensation can cover you for the rest of your life and make returning to work unnecessary, staying at home all day and doing nothing can be very boring and is no way to live one’s life.
Personal injuries can have a devastating toll on people’s lives. If you have been unfortunate enough to have been injured by another person’s carelessness then take action and make a claim for compensation. An attorney will be able to represent you and ensure you get the money you deserve.