Accidents and injuries can make for chaotic times. While your health and safety should always be your top priorities when the unexpected happens to you, it is important to remember that what you say and do in the aftermath of a car crash, premises accident, construction accident, or another preventable incident can have an impact on any legal action you choose to pursue – including a personal injury lawsuit.
At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we pride ourselves on helping victims and families navigate their legal journeys following all types of accidents. Though we know injuries can create emotional turbulence, we work to ease our clients’ concerns by handling the legal aspects of claims on their behalves.
As you begin your recovery and the process of building a personal injury case, knowing the steps, general timeline, and what you can expect can go a long way. You can find that information below, or by calling (212) 577-9325 to speak personally with an attorney from our team.
The first and most important thing you can do – both for your personal wellbeing and any personal injury claim you may choose to pursue – is to seek immediate medical attention if you’ve been injured in an accident.
A medical evaluation can ensure any injuries you sustained are promptly diagnosed and treated, or that any injuries you are not aware of are addressed. Even if you don’t believe you’re hurt, or think you can tough it out, it’s still best to get checked out; there are injuries you may not necessarily feel are significant, but which can quickly become medical emergencies or develop into more significant conditions (i.e. brain injuries and hemorrhaging).
In addition to ensuring you get started on a course of treatment for your injuries, medical evaluations provide critical documentation that can be used as evidence in your personal injury case. Without any documentation from medical professionals, it’s your word against the insurance company’s – and even if you wait it out, and were suffering all along, it may open the door to arguments that you weren’t really injured, or that your injuries weren’t very serious.
If you’re able to do so, try to collect as much information as possible about your accident and injuries. This may mean:
Collecting as much information as you can will be useful in both evaluating and successfully prosecuting a personal injury claim, but is easier said than done, especially if your injuries are serious. A lawyer can help ensure you get the right information you need, and that it’s used appropriately for your case.
There’s no law saying you must hire a lawyer after an accident, but it’s worth considering and may be regrettable if you don’t. Experienced personal injury attorneys can help you take the right steps from the moment you reach out for help – from information gathering and evidence preservation to in-depth investigations, medical evaluations, and collaboration with the necessary experts and medical professionals.
In addition to leveraging resources you may not have, or may not be able to tap into when you’re in a fragile state of health, a lawyer can view the entirety of your situation from a legal perspective and evaluate the viability of your potential claim, potential defendants who may be held at fault, and the best approach for securing a full and fair recovery of your damages (pain and suffering, medical expenses, and/or loss of earnings and benefits).
Whether you’re working with a lawyer or not, it’s important to know what to expect as your case moves forward. While that can vary depending on the unique facts of your case (which is why working with an attorney can ensure you’ll understand what to expect), there is a general timeline. Often, that timeline will progress as follows:
There’s a lot to take in after an accident and at the outset of a personal injury case, and a lot of moving parts to address as they relate specifically to the unique facts and circumstances of your case. Ultimately, working with an attorney can ensure you protect your rights every step of the way, make the most of your available options, and are positioned as best as possible to prevail and recover.
At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we’ve earned our recognition and trust across New York City and the State of New York for a reason – we care about our clients, and do all we can to guide them through their legal journeys. What’s more, we offer free consultations, and handle personal injury cases on contingency fees – meaning there’s no up-front cost to hire our team, and no fee unless we win.
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The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.'s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.
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