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I’ve Been Injured, Now What?

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2016 | Personal Injury |

After an accident in Kentucky, the legal process of filing a personal injury claim is one that experienced attorneys know how to navigate. In the State of Kentucky, the statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims due to an automobile accident is two years from the date of the injury. After two years has passed, you can no longer bring a legal claim for the injuries you sustained as a result of the accident.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

After an accident, the first thing you must do is seek medical attention . Once a doctor has treated you, follow their care plan until you heal from your injuries. Even if you feel fine, have a doctor check you out for internal injuries or injuries masked by shock. Without medical documentation, you will have a difficult time proving that any long-lasting damage is the result of the accident.

Seek Legal Counsel as Soon as Possible

Because there is a one-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Kentucky, you should speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as you are well enough to do so. An attorney will consult with you on your case details, let you know whether he or she thinks you have a valid personal injury claim, and advise you on the next steps to take. Most attorneys offer free consultations, which gives you a feel for the attorney’s personality, skill, and experience in handling cases like yours. Personal injury claims often take quite some time to resolve, so it’s best to initiate the process as soon as you are physically able.Next, you must notify the party or parties who may be responsible for the accident immediately! If you were hurt in a shopping mall, for example, you would want to notify the owner of the store where you were injured as well as the mall owner. Your attorney will advise you on the wording of the communication that should be sent, or send them on your behalf.

Keep Detailed Records

Your personal injury attorney may request you gather certain information or furnish the names of witnesses who can corroborate your story. As you gather information, comply with your lawyer’s requests. Your attorney will then use the information you provide to file a lawsuit.As you are healing, take the time to write down everything you recall about the accident. Even small details, such as what the weather was like or what you were doing just before the incident could be important. Gather any materials that are related to the accident, such as a police report, phone numbers of witnesses, or photos taken at the scene.If you are continuing medical care for injuries related to the accident, you may want to keep a diary of your recovery. Add notes regarding your recovery, rehabilitation, and medical care. Even though you have initiated the claim, it may not be heard in court for many months. When you are asked about your injuries, having a record of your care and recovery will help keep you from mixing up dates or forgetting important information.If you need a personal injury attorney in Kentucky, contact Edwards & Kautz at 270-908-4914 to schedule a free legal consultation. The attorneys at Edwards & Kautz will help you get the compensation you deserve.