Posted by Apricot Law on 01/02/2020

Four Surprising Things to Know About Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Four Surprising Things to Know About Filing a Personal Injury Claim

When reading an article in The National Law Review, I was surprised to learn some really good reasons to work with a personal injury lawyer. I always believed that injury lawyers were a luxury that not everyone could afford, but there are some phenomenal reasons to partner with a lawyer that the author of the article pointed out. 

For example, if you’re injured in Charlotte, North Carolina in a train accident, you may need a Charlotte personal injury lawyer to help with that type of claim. It would be nearly impossible for an individual to investigate a train accident. There are many people involved in a train’s operation, from manufacturing companies to the train company to the train conductor. 

Figuring out how to prove fault for an accident with so many moving parts, forgive the pun, is not something you can handle on your own. Most people will need some help, and there’s no shame in admitting that.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim? Here Are Four Things to Know

I learned several other important things about filing a personal injury claim that could help you if you’re dealing with the aftermath of a serious injury accident.

Know What Kind of Case You Have

Many people don’t know what type of case they have after they’ve been injured. If you were hurt while slipping on a wet floor at a grocery store, what kind of case do you have? You probably don’t know that the case you will be dealing with is a premises liability case. 

Premises liability laws deal with a property owner’s liability for accidents that occur on their property. You can file a claim for an accident brought about by negligence on the part of a property owner. 

It’s important to know what kind of case you have, because different laws do play a role in your claim. Here are some examples of types of personal injury cases.

  • Products liability

  • Medical malpractice

  • Wrongful death

  • Car accidents

  • Civil rights

Gather Evidence Early

One thing that most people who’ve just been injured in an accident don’t know is that they should gather evidence immediately after their injury. Assuming you’re able to, take pictures or video footage of the accident scene itself. You should also try to obtain the police or accident report, if the police arrived at the scene of your accident. 

If you’re unable to investigate, have someone do it for you. You need evidence to prove your personal injury claim.

There’s a Time Limit

A great many people are surprised to learn that they have a time limit to file an injury claim. You aren’t able to file a claim for an injury many years down the line in most states. In North Carolina, for example, you have only three years to file a claim. 

Keep Track of Your Damages

Finally, you should keep track of all of your accident-related damages. For instance, if you just paid a $2,000 medical bill after your accident, you should keep track of that expense and keep the medical records. You can add your losses to your personal injury claim.

Hopefully this information will be as helpful for you as it was for me.


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