I was hit while walking, how do I do a personal injury claim?

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    I was hit while walking, how do I do a personal injury claim?

    I was walking and got hit by a dude's car. I went to the doctor and have been missing work off and on as a result of it. I want to do a personal injury case, but I do not really have an idea of where I should begin or even what the process will be. Any help that you all can provide would be extremely helpful to me! Thank you.


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    Please provide more facts... What state are you located in? What City it would also be helpful. Also, did you file a police report and did the driver receive a ticket from a police officer. Can you describe your medical costs a bit more?

    That said, you'll also want to make sure of the following issues:

    --Don't talk to the insurance company with statements about what happened. They often will attempt to use your statements against you and if you don't have good legal counsel regarding what you should not say, it could be used against you. Many people in the heat of the moment would be inclined to say that it's okay and that they don't need to worry you'll be fine. But you might find out later that you have much more serious conditions or even require surgery.

    --Get to the doctor, make sure you keep good records. Get good care, this is important not only for a personal injury claim, but for your personal medical health!


    --If you have had to miss work and you mentioned that you had, make sure you get doctor's orders for you to miss work. Make sure it's all documented well. Personal injury statutes can be quite specific in this regards, so keep good records because it will be extremely important later.

    -- If your injury is serious and it sounds like yours might be or might not be, but if it is, get a lawyer. You'll need a lawyer to navigate the process. If you don't know if you should get a personal injury lawyer, just call them and find out what they say. They'll let you know what your options are.


    --If you do hire a law firm to represent you in your accident claim, make sure to let the insurance company know about this and that you'll be submitting bills to them to pay.


    --The insurance company will try to settle quickly, offering you cash now to settle. If you do this, you may not get all your medical treatment properly covered. Wait till you're done, then work out those details. As said before, a good accident lawyer would be helpful in navigating this process.

    --Realize that there are statutes of limitations in these cases. Don't wait to figure it out. Some states have very short windows for you to get medical treatment, so you'll want to check the laws for your state for personal injury laws.
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