We all know ending up in the hospital because of someone else is a horrible feeling, but just because you’re stuck there doesn’t mean you can’t get started with a compensation claim to hold the person responsible for your injuries liable. The window of time you have to get your claim filed isn’t that long so waiting until you’re out of the hospital doesn’t make sense. Here are five reasons not to wait to begin your claims process!
1) A Successful Case May Take Time to Prepare and File
The sooner you get your claim filed the better your chances are of winning the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Depending on the complexity of the case, the nature of your injuries or the parties involved, the process may take longer. In cases where there are multiple injured parties and where the liable person has only limited coverage, you want to be first in line with your claim. Naturally you want your settlement as soon as possible, so the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll have your compensation.
2) Statute of Limitations
Every state’s statute of limitations is different. In California it’s usually 2 years from the date of your injury. If your injury wasn’t discovered right away (such as the case of asbestos exposure or similar case), you have just one year from the date you discovered the injury. You also want to give your attorney time to investigate your injury, gather medical records and witness statements and all of this can take time. You don’t want to miss your window of opportunity so getting started sooner is smarter.
3) Reliable and Available Witnesses
Memories fade with time and details can get fuzzy and so it will be with the recall of any witnesses to your accident. Witnesses can make the difference between a case being your word against the person who damaged you or an open and shut case that easily indicates their liability. It’s important to gather witness statements as soon as possible while the event is fresh in their mind. Waiting too long to contact witnesses risks them forgetting what happened or moving away.
4) Lost, Damaged or Changed Evidence
Police reports for accident cases aren’t like criminal cases where evidence is gathered from the scene. What will usually be noted in the report is time and date of the accident, weather conditions, noticeable skid marks and damage to the vehicles. It’s important for you to collect all the evidence that you can from the scene of the accident before it is cleaned, damaged or changed and useless to your claim. Also, taking your own photos is always a good idea.
We completely understand that your injuries may have been very serious and trying to take care of these matters during an extended stay in the hospital may be impractical. That’s where Nelson Barry comes in. In addition to having a 98% success rates over three decades of practice, Nelson has the tenacity to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. He is ready to come to you today in the hospital or at home if you’re recuperating there to start the process. Call or contact us now for a free consultation so Nelson can get your claim started today – even while you’re still in the hospital.