If you have been injured in any situation that is caused by another person or entity that was negligent, you should retain an attorney right away.
First, it is important to retain an attorney because your case is subject to a statute of limitations. If the statute of limitations expires, you may be barred from bringing a lawsuit. In the case of municipalities, the statute is one year and for private individuals, the statute is two years. Nevertheless, the time goes by very fast and it is important to act quickly.
In addition to bringing the lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, there will be various investigations that may need to be done in order to identify who the appropriate parties in the lawsuit will be. In some situations, it may be clearer who must be served with the lawsuit, but in other cases where the incident occurred in an obscure location, there may be more investigation that is required. As such, you should allow ample time to properly investigate and identify what parties need to be served with a lawsuit.
You should also be cognizant that evidence is lost, surveillance videos may be deleted after a period of time, witnesses may forget, and witnesses or parties may retire, relocate or even die making obtaining there testimony harder or impossible. In sum, the more time that goes by, the less likely some of this evidence will be available.
Retaining an attorney early on is also a good opportunity to try to resolve the matter sooner rather than prolong the situation. An experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to deal effectively with a defense attorney who may be more difficult to deal with if not represented. It should also be noted that if you bring a lawsuit, this will not prevent you from continuing to receive treatment. Understand that the longer a case goes on and the more treatment you receive, the stronger the case will be.
At Brian J. McManus & Associates, Ltd. We are experienced personal injury attorneys who handle personal injury cases exclusively and will help you recover the maximum monetary damages that you are entitled to.
We will advise you and handle filing your claim, completing discovery and conducting negotiations on your case as it is important that you focus on healing and receiving treatment for your injuries. Our representation will help to ease your mind and relieve some of the stress that occurs with handling a legal matter without formal legal training or familiarity with the nuances of the claims process. As a practical matter, an experienced personal injury attorney will know what legal documents need to be drafted and what information needs to be investigated.
If an injury victim were to bring an action themselves, they may not know how to value their case, may overlook responsible parties and damages, may miss time deadlines, may fail to raise every cause of action or otherwise know how to go about the litigation.
Without proper representation, you may say or do something wrong that is fatal to the case. An experienced injury lawyer from Brian J. McManus & Associates, Ltd. will help you to receive the biggest monetary award possible and give you the ability to continue with your treatment.