Personal Injury Info: What Every Accident Victim Needs to Know

Posted By Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation || 12-Feb-2014

Many people have no knowledge of personal injury claims and how the process works until they are thrown into it by an accident. Do you know what to do if you are injured because of someone else's negligence? Maybe you have already been injured and are looking for guidance. Shea & Shea – A Professional Law Corporation is here to help!

Read through the tips below to get started before you call us at (888) 627-3032 for a free initial consultation. The sooner you consult a San Jose personal injury lawyer, the better. This blog can provide some of the basic information that you need, but only an attorney can answer all your questions and ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

What qualifies as a personal injury?
"Personal injury" is any bodily harm that results from another person's negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior. For example, if someone is texting while driving and hits you because they are distracted, your car accident was a result of their negligence. Therefore, your injuries and property damages deserve to be covered by the liable party. You cannot file for personal injury if you are responsible for your injuries, even in part.

What do I need to file a claim?
In order to file a personal injury claim, you will need evidence to prove a) that you were injured and b) that your injures were the result of someone else's negligence. Common evidence includes photos of the accident and your injuries, witness statements, police reports, and doctors' notes. An attorney can help you gather and preserve the evidence that you need for a successful claim.

When should I file a claim for personal injury?
You should file a claim for personal injury as soon after your accident as possible. The California statute of limitations for personal injury is two years, which means that you only have two years after your accident to file a claim. Wait too long and you may not be able to recover your damages at all! Also, the sooner you file a claim, the fresher and stronger your evidence will be.

Will I go to court?
Most personal injury claims are settled outside of court, so you may not have to go to trial. With a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side, you may be able to negotiate a fair settlement that covers your damages. If now, then it may be in your best interests to take the case to court and litigate for a fair trial verdict. Our lawyers are seasoned litigators and will do everything possible to settle, but are not afraid to go to trial if necessary.

Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
No one has as much knowledge, experience, and influence in personal injury cases as a personal injury attorney. If you are considering filing a claim, it is in your best interests to retain legal counsel and representation. An attorney will know the law and your rights and will have be respected by insurance companies and the court.

CONTACT A SAN JOSE PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

Call Shea & Shea – A Professional Law Corporation today at (888) 627-3032 to speak directly with a personal injury lawyer in San Jose. Our team will hear you out and help you understand your options. We understand that every case is unique and will personalize your representation accordingly. Our mission is to help each client maximize their compensation after being injured because of someone else's negligence. Contact us today if you've been seriously injured in an accident of any kind.

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