Personal Injury
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More Information About Injury Cases

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At the time of injury very few people think about bringing a claim, most are only interested in taking care of their injuries. Once you believe that you may have a claim, it is essential that certain steps be taken to preserve the validity of the claim. The sooner these steps are taken, the easier it will be when and if you pursue a claim against the person, persons or corporation responsible for your injuries. Here is what you should do:

(1) Go to the doctor immediately if you only think you may be injured. If you do not go to the doctor immediately, and in the weeks or months that follow you begin to suffer pain which you associate with the accident, it will be harder to prove that the injuries you are complaining of resulted from the event because of the passage of time.

(2) Follow-up with your own family doctor. Ask for a referral to specialist, if necessary. NOT FAIL TO GIVE INFORMATION ABOUT ANY PREVIOUS INJURIES. If you do not give a complete medical history, your doctor may not provide complete care and treatment. Failure to give complete disclosure of past medical history may also raise questions regarding your credibility.

(3) Secure Witnesses: If you can, get the names of anyone who may have seen what happened to you.

CAR ACCIDENTS: If you have been involved in a car accident, contact your insurance company and advise them of the accident. This will cover you in terms of your obligation to notify your insurance company when the accident happens.
Florida Residents: If you live in Florida, you will be required to carry Personal Injury Protection or PIP insurance. Request from your insurance company PIP forms for lost wages and medical bills. Complete the forms and return the forms immediately to your insurance company.

UNDERINSURED/UNINSURED MOTORIST INSURANCE: Underinsured/uninsured motorist insurance is insurance (UM) that provides coverage when the at-fault party has no insurance. If you are injured in an automobile accident and the person who caused that accident does not have insurance, or has only limited amounts of insurance, then your UM insurance will compensate you for injuries. This compensation is over and above any coverage held by the at-fault party. Typically you must exhaust all coverage of the at-fault party before you are able to make a claim against any UM coverage you may hold. Different states provide different laws regarding making a UM claim. Be sure to consult an attorney in your home state for specific advice on how to make a UM claim. NOTE: UM insurance is extra and you must be sure when you purchase insurance that you are also purchasing UM coverage. In Florida it is not mandatory to purchase UM insurance. Again, laws from state to state differ, consult a local attorney in your area. If you are in Florida, please do not hesitate to contact me.