Traumatic injuries can occur to anyone at any time. In fact, according to data from the National Safety Council (NSC), there were 169,936 preventable deaths and 47.2 million injuries in the U.S.—costing over $1,034.6 billion—in 2017 alone. No one expects to suddenly have their life forever altered in a tragic accident or act of violence. However, it’s important to have a plan for what to do after getting injured. If you do suffer a life-altering injury, such as a spinal cord injury (SCI) or traumatic brain injury (TBI), knowing what needs to be done can make an enormous difference.
The first thing to do is, of course, to seek prompt treatment from a reliable professional. Emergency care following a catastrophic injury can mean the difference between a steady recovery and needless suffering.
The next thing to do is to seek help from a specialized personal injury lawyer to help you file a personal injury claim—especially if you know that your injuries were caused by someone else’s actions (or lack thereof). Launching a personal injury case can be your best means of covering what may be massive medical expenses (plus all of your regular bills) while you are trying to recover and reclaim your life.
If you’ve been hurt because of the malicious or negligent actions of others, odds are that you will want to pursue a personal injury claim against them. Sometimes, you must take legal action to get the compensation you need to pay for your medical expenses and lost wages so you can minimize the disruption to your life.
However, pursuing a personal injury case can be an incredible burden. There are countless forms to file, witnesses to interview, evidence to organize, and legal proceedings to sit through. In many cases, the person or organization you’re seeking compensation from has their own team of lawyers dedicated to minimizing their payout as much as possible. Some organizations will try to offer a tiny settlement that is only a fraction of the compensation that is owed.
You shouldn’t have to deal with the added stress of filing a personal injury claim when you’re supposed to be focusing on recovery. You especially shouldn’t have to let the stress of the situation push you into accepting an unfair settlement that only covers a mere fraction of the damages you’ve suffered.
This is why you should have a personal injury lawyer on your side.
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