Your injury case

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A personal injury is a physical or emotional injury a person suffers because of the carelessness or negligence of someone else.

There are several types of injury cases. They include:

  • Car wreck injuries
  • 18-wheeler or bus crash injuries
  • Work injuries
  • Injuries caused by a defective product, such as a faulty auto tire or medical device
  • Injuries caused by a dangerous condition on someone's property, such as water on the floor of a store
  • Injuries caused by a mistake by a doctor or nurse.

In your injury case, avoid these mistakes:

  • Letting evidence get away, such as by failing to take photos of damage to your car or writing down the names of witnesses
  • Giving a statement to an insurance adjuster or investigator for the other side in your case
  • Settling your case quickly before the extent of your injuries is known
  • Thinking that the other side's insurance company is your friend
  • Allowing gaps in your medical treatment
  • Delaying in hiring an attorney to help you — the other side's insurance company has lawyers helping them.

How an injury case unfolds:

  • The most important thing at the beginning is not to make a mistake that the other side will use against you.
  • If you are receiving medical treatment, the other side will not pay for your medical treatment as you go along. They will pay one amount, at the end of the case, to settle the whole case.
  • Once you have finished your medical treatment, the other side may make a settlement offer. If you accept the offer, the other side will require you to sign a document called a release of your claim; once you sign it, you have released your claim against the other side and your case is over. If you don't want to accept the settlement offer or if the other side refuses to make a settlement offer, you have two choices: forget about the case or file a lawsuit.