What Are My Rights?

Ask an attorney

As soon as you have been injured, consult a personal injury lawyer to help you understand your rights. He or she can also help you document facts and preserve evidence – important steps in preparing your case. The longer you wait to get legal advice, the less likely you’ll be able to locate witnesses, prove the chain of evidence, and remember clearly the facts of the accident.

A personal injury lawyer will tell you what to do and what not to do following an accident. Here are some guidelines:

  • Visit your doctor as soon as possible following the accident
  • Speak only to your lawyer about the case
  • Tell your lawyer about any fines or legal notices you receive
  • Keep accurate records of everything pertaining to your case

What is your claim worth?

That depends on your particular case. A personal injury lawyer can tell you whether you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries and, if you are, what your claim is worth. From there, he or she will work with you in an attempt to achieve the best possible settlement or jury verdict. Generally speaking, you may be entitled to fair compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses (including expenses for future treatment, if necessary)
  • Lost income (e.g., time spent unable to work or undergoing treatment for injuries)
  • Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of family, social and educational experiences (e.g., missed school or training, vacation or recreation, or a special event)
  • Emotional damages such as stress, embarrassment, depressions or strains on family relationships (e.g., inability to take care of children, anxiety over the effects of an accident on an unborn child, or interference with sexual relations)
  • Damaged property
  • Pain or suffering, whether temporary or permanent

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