When you have been seriously injured in an accident, going through the process of hiring a personal injury attorney may simply be too much to bear. With excruciating pain, numerous medications, and occasionally even unconsciousness, an injured individual is not always able to contact an attorney following an accident. Failure to hire a personal injury lawyer because you are too injured to do so can have the following devastating effects:
- Missed deadlines — You have only a limited time to file a personal injury action following an accident. The statute of limitations in which to file varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but most often is two years from the date of the incident. While that may seem like a long period of time, when you have been hospitalized or catastrophically injured, your recovery period may well exceed this time frame. By the time you are healthy enough to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney, it might be too late. This makes it critical that you retain a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
- Lost evidence — The most crucial timeframe for uncovering evidence relevant to your personal injury claim is that immediately following the accident. Without swift investigations, vital information such as witness recollections, renderings of the scene of the accident, and examination of the product or material which caused the accident may be forever lost. Even if it is just via the phone, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately following an accident so that investigations can begin while you recover.
- Missing records — In order to obtain a full recovery for your injuries following an accident, you must maintain impeccable records. This includes medical records, police reports, and ledgers of lost wages. This documentation is the only means available to prove your losses. Often, it takes the assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney to gather these voluminous records. A seriously injured victim might be unable to collect and retain this vital information, which could have negative consequences on their later personal injury claim.
- Acceptance of a quick settlement — When someone is unable to retain a personal injury attorney due to their serious injury, they may be pressured into accepting a quick settlement which is not even a third of what they would otherwise be entitled to. Injured, laying out medical expenses, and without the advice of counsel, an injured victim may feel helpless but to accept the offered sum. The result is devastating, as the injured victim will likely be forced to pay their many medical expenses which the settlement did not cover out of pocket and might be without an income for some time to come.
At Tate Law Offices, P.C., we understand how difficult it can be for injured individuals to seek our services. To this end, we offer phone consultations and home visits for parties unable to come into our offices. We will do everything in our power to help you recover, both physically and financially. Our seasoned personal injury attorneys have a reputation for compassion and unmatched excellence in service. Call our office today at 888-662-3892 to schedule a free consultation.