Common Injuries In Clearwater
Personal Injury Cases
At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, our injury lawyers know firsthand how an accident can derail your entire life. We’ve seen motor vehicle crashes in Clearwater that have left accident victims with disabling injuries. We have seen fall accidents in Walmart that have left victims unable to work and provide for their families. Our legal team has helped injured accident victims just like you. We’ve assisted Clearwater accident victims who suffered from a variety of injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Disfigurement and amputation
- Catastrophic injuries
Steps To Take After a Personal Injury Accident in Clearwater
Call the Police
If you are injured in a car accident, you will want to contact the police. The police will arrive at the scene of a motor vehicle crash and begin investigating the accident. They will then file a police report. This report is invaluable to your case. It is often difficult to prove liability without a police report. If you do not have a report or if you believe the police report is inaccurate, you can still prove liability. Your attorney will need to conduct a thorough investigation to establish all liable parties.
Seek Medical Attention
The very first thing you should do after an accident, and probably will want to do, is seek medical attention. There are some instances where people get in an accident of some sort and try to shake it off and get on with their day. They walk away from the scene of the accident and ignore the pain they’re in. That is a huge mistake. Not only are you risking your well-being, you are risking losing any compensation. An essential part of determining how much your case is worth revolves around the state of your well-being. A doctor needs to document your condition and your treatment plan. If you go to the insurance without ever having seen a doctor, they could throw away your case. They’ll say you couldn’t possibly be all that injured if you’ve avoided seeking medical treatment.
After an accident, there is evidence that you need to document. If it’s an auto accident, there might be tire marks on the road. If it’s a slip and fall, there might be a liquid that you slipped on. If it’s a dog bite, there may be a broken gate the animal escaped from. Every accident has a cause, and you need to do your due diligence to document it. Whether you do it yourself, have a police officer on the scene do it, or call upon a friend or even a Clearwater personal injury attorney to do it for you, it is an essential step. The only reason you would not be able to do it yourself is if you are too injured to take photos and videos of the scene. Either that or you were taken in an ambulance. In those instances, you will have to rely on help from others.
Contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney
Do not delay in contacting a Clearwater personal injury attorney. A successful case is both well-planned and prepared timely. When you are told not to delay, that doesn’t necessarily mean to rush through the process. What you need to know is that in Florida, after most accidents, you have a statute of limitations of four years from the date of the accident to bring your claim or file a personal injury lawsuit.
Now, if you were to procrastinate and talk to a Clearwater personal injury attorney three and a half years after your accident, your case would not be as strong or as valid as it would be if you called that same injury law firm a few days after your accident. Just because you have the time doesn’t mean you should take it.
Your witnesses will forget what happened to you after a few years. Your evidence could completely disappear after a few weeks. If you were injured on a construction site, even waiting a few days could be detrimental to your case if it’s an active site that changes daily.
Also, be aware that if you’re involved in an accident with a government entity, such as a government bus crash or slipping on government property, your statute of limitations may be shorter. To be sure, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to get them on your case with plenty of time to make it a success.