How Long After an Accident Do I Have to Report an Injury?

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If you have suffered a significant injury due to an accident, there is a good chance that you are in pain and unable to get around to complete your daily tasks at a 100% level.  You are also probably dealing with emotions such as annoyance, anger, sadness, and even despair at the situation. Putting all of this together, the idea of “reporting” your injury may feel like a task that you simply do not want to deal with, but putting it off may prevent you from getting the advice you need in order to obtain maximum compensation in your accident claim. There are several different statutes of limitations laws which prevent a plaintiff from bringing a claim after a certain amount of time has passed, so it is very important for you, as an injured plaintiff, to contact an attorney as soon as possible in order to begin the investigation process.

Why Waiting to Report Your Accident to an Attorney Can Hurt You

If the accident that caused your injuries was caused by the negligence of another person, then that person (and their employer if the accident occurred in the scope of their employment) will be required to pay not only for your medical costs, but also for your lost income and pain and suffering.

However, making sure those parties are held liable is not as simple as submitting medical bills to an insurer for reimbursement. Instead, your attorney will need to prove that the offending party was more than likely at fault in causing the accident.  Your attorney will also need to defend against any allegations that you alone caused the accident (most injury cases do not end up in court, but an attorney still needs to prove fault in their negotiations to win a settlement). Proving fault often requires physical evidence from the accident scene, eyewitnesses, official reports, and so on. The longer you wait to report your injuries to an attorney, the more difficult it can become to make a winning argument of fault.

Don’t Wait for All Your Medical Results to Come In

Some injured parties are under the mistaken belief that they need to receive all applicable medical attention to their injuries before they contact an attorney. Nothing could be further from the truth. Certainly, you should always act quickly to get emergency medical attention, but you should also contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible following an accident.

Your attorney can work with your medical providers to properly build your case by documenting the full scope of your injuries (as well as collecting and documenting any medical evidence which point to fault). Furthermore, liable defendants will be required to pay for all medical costs resulting from the accident, even if they manifest weeks and months after the accident, and thus Therefore, there is no reason to wait in contacting a lawyer who can begin building your case for full financial recovery.

Contact Berglund & Johnson Today

Having worked with injured victims and their families across Southern California for over three decades, we understand the fear, intimidation, and confusion that can follow a serious injury. Our attorneys are here to help you through this process and provide all the guidance you need to get the recovery you rightly deserve. We are committed to serving you in an honorable, ethical, and compassionate manner. Contact Berglund & Johnson today at 1-800-4-IF-HURT to schedule a brief, no-hassle consultation to discuss your situation and see how we might be of service to you and your family.

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