Treat ALL injuries and symptoms.
If you are injured as the result of another’s negligence, you should be compensated for the injuries you sustained. More specifically, you should be compensated for all injuries and damages of any kind. To ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries and damages, you need to seek treatment for every injury and symptom you experience as a result of the accident. Playing “tough guy” and avoiding doctors is the worst thing a personal injury victim can do. Many attorneys, including the attorneys at The Hayes Law Firm in a prior life, makeor made insurance companies millions of dollars a year by undervaluing claims. One of the easiest ways to undervalue a claim in front of a jury is to highlight the plaintiff’s failure to seek medical treatment for his/her alleged injuries, to comment on the plaintiff’s inconsistent treatment regimen and/or emphasize that the plaintiff did not follow his/her doctor’s treatment instructions. There is one easy way to sidestep these fancy defensive tactics – SEEK TREATMENT FOR ALL INJURIES (physical or mental) AND SYMPTOMS.
Document, document, document . . .
Personal injury victims are entitled to be compensated for ALL damages they sustain as a result of the wrongful conduct of another. However, such damages are not always neatly categorized as hospital bills, property damage bills or lost wages. What if you are an avid snow skier and the accident resulted in you being unable to ski? What if you are a loving husband and your injuries impacted your ability to assist with household chores and/or perform sexually? It is important that all personal injury plaintiffs immediately start a diary where they can document the impact their injuries have on their daily lives. You should also take photographs of the accident scene as well as your injuries.
Hire a lawyer you trust as soon as possible.
Finally, your case is serious. The valuation of your claim may hinge on variables a lay person will not recognize. The negligent party’s insurance adjuster may attempt to fast-track a speedy/unfair resolution or strategically slow-play you and then deny liability. You may have sustained subtle injuries that are not immediately obvious, such as brain injuries, that an experienced attorney will recognize. There may be umbrella, uninsured or under insured policies that provide additional coverage for your injurie(s). You need an attorney to assess liability for you and educate you on the categories of damages in which you can recover. A personal injury victim may be entitled to recover for his or her property damage, medical bills, prescription bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity,loss of consortium and other damages. You need to hire a Las Vegas personal injury attorney that can navigate these issues before you can make an informed decision on any settlement.