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Question: Do I need to contact an attorney immediately after a personal injury?

Posted on June 2, 2015

The short answer is “Yes.”

If the injury is the result of the negligence of another, or a work related injury, steps must be taken as soon as possible after the injury to document the cause of the injury and preserve any data.

Quick action to preserve the data may prove crucial to a successful outcome to a settlement or lawsuit.  Memories fade, witnesses disappear, scenes change, documents and objects are lost, damaged or destroyed, weather conditions and time cause evidence to be easily forgotten or disappear.

Accordingly, when and where possible you should take photographs of the scene (use the handy cellphone camera), as well as the injuries.  Thereafter a skilled attorney will begin to identify and secure copies of any surveillance video(s) and other records of the event.  Then he will gather the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses to the accident and obtain copies of medical reports and records including X-rays and MRI’s if they have been done.

Although we generally know that there are time limits in negligence cases (statute of limitations), there may be certain claims that are much shorter and require immediate action.

In all cases, NEVER SIGN A RELEASE.  If you decide to sue contact Azrak & Associates who will review the facts of the case with you.   If expert witnesses are needed they are available through our office. Serious injuries require serious personal injury representation.  For over 40 years, Azrak & Associates has been a leader in personal injury financial recovery. Contact our office for a free 30 minute consultation.  We are here to try to ease the financial burden brought on by the negligence of others.

You must not rely on the above information as an alternative to legal advice from an appropriately qualified attorney. This column does not establish an attorney-client relationship. If you have any specific questions about any legal matter you may contact our office.


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