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After an Accident… First Steps in Filing a Personal Injury Claim

In the moment after any type of accident, you may be focused on your injuries and seeking medical attention to try to prevent serious health complications from arising. Once you have attended to you injuries and have regained some peace of mind, you may want to start considering whether you have the grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party in order to try to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, suffering and mental anguish. The following are some tips and information regarding what you can do to prepare to file a personal injury lawsuit:

  • Document the details of the accident and your injuries: It will be important that you write down all details of the event as you remember it (i.e., the day and time at which the accident occurred, the suspected cause of the accident and the nature and severity of your injuries and any property damage that occurred); it will also be extremely helpful to take pictures of your injuries or of any property damage if possible. Additionally, document the names and contact information of other parties involved in the accident, as well as any witnesses of the accident.
  • File your claim promptly: Personal injury cases have “statutes of limitations,” which means that there is a specific time period in which a person will be able to file these claims; after the given amount of time, they will no longer be eligible to seek compensation for their injuries and damages. For example, for car accident lawsuits, injured parties will have two years from the date of the car accident in order to file their claim against any negligent or reckless parties. If you are planning on filing a personal injury lawsuit against a government agency or a government employee, the statute of limitations can decrease significantly – being as little as 30 days in some cases.

Given the complexities of personal injury case law, as well as the fact that you will likely be focusing on your recovery after an accident, you are encouraged to contact the skilled Denver personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC for a free initial consult, as well as expert legal advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward with your case.

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