Before we discuss the basics steps you should take in a personal injury case, there are couple of important and preliminary considerations you need to be aware of. These points are by no means exhaustive, but they are a step in a right direction.
If you have been injured by the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company or business, you need to be considerate of your jurisdiction’s statute of limitations. This simply means there is a limited period of time in which a claim or defence can be brought or it will be forever barred, regardless of its merits. In addition, there may be other notice provisions which could apply and must be met in order to preserve your claim. Therefore, it is important that you immediately consult with an attorney or obtain a legal opinion without delay if you wish to preserve your claim. Taking immediate action is also important and advantageous for other reasons. For instance, if you believe you may have experienced physical, mental or psychological injury, seeking immediate medical treatment, may not only be beneficial to your case, but also required by applicable law.
In addition, it is important to consult with multiple attorneys, and to never feel discouraged if one attorney or firm declines or denies representation. While good attorneys will always put the best interests of their clients first, they must also consider from a legal standpoint, if a personal injury case would be viable and in the best interest of the prospect seeking representation. Moreover, attorneys often have different views and opinions on the facts and circumstances of any case, and can provide representation on basis agreeable to both of you. Consequently, denial of representation does not mean that your case is without any merit.
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