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The main criteria that determines the viability of a personal injury claim is whether there is an accident and our client was injured, and it wasn’t due to their fault. If it was due to the fault of another person, and the other person has insurance or a means to pay the claim, it is a viable claim. Those are what we need. We need an injury, liability on somebody else, and money to cover the injuries.

How Important Are Evidence And Witnesses In a Personal Injury Case?

Evidence and witnesses in a personal injury case are very important. If you are involved in an accident or car wreck, for example, it’s always a good idea to call the police to have them write a report so there will be some documentation. The police officer can do a little bit of investigation, they don’t do a whole lot of investigation, but they do show the position of the cars. Sometimes, they measure distances from curbs, and they know debris. It’s usually best, even if it’s a minor incident to call the police. It’s a good idea to have them write a report, and take down as much information as they can. If you’re feeling any pain, it’s probably a good idea to call an ambulance and let them check you out. If you don’t call an ambulance, it’s probably good to go to the emergency room that day just to get checked out and make sure that you are not severely hurt or injured.

A lot of times, you don’t know that you’re hurt until the next day. That’s when it hits you because the adrenaline is no longer pumping through you. It’s usually a good idea to at least get checked out the day of or the next day. It’s also a good idea to get witnesses. The police officer can help you with witnesses. The police can help you talk to the witnesses, get their statements, names, and phone number. Getting witness information can help you or your attorney follow up with them and obtain a statement while it is fresh in their mind after the incident.

How Soon Should Someone Seek Medical Treatment After Being Injured In An Accident?

It’s always a good idea to seek medical treatment after being injured in an accident. If you’ve been involved in a wreck, it is a good idea to at least get checked out by the ambulance driver at the scene, or at the emergency room that day. If you can see your primary care doctor, it is also recommended. Oftentimes, if you go to the primary care doctor, they’ll refer you to the emergency room anyway. You don’t want to wait too long to get medical treatment.

Generally, the insurance companies will make a big deal out of the situation if you don’t see a doctor or seek medical treatment immediately. They try to use that against you at trial by arguing that if you were really hurt, you would have gone to the emergency room that day instead of waiting a week. If you wait a month before going to a doctor for treatment, then that will really hurt your case because insurance companies are going to allege that you weren’t really hurt in the wreck. You waited a month to get treatment. They will argue that something else must have happened in between the wreck and going to the doctor. They can claim that you fell at home, had another car wreck, or some intervening cause caused your medical problems, not the initial car accident. So, going to the doctor the day of or next day is extremely important.

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David Hilbern, Esq.

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