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Injured in an accident? This is what you should do first

As most of us have experienced, accidents can happen anywhere at any time. Imagine taking a fall while walking through the parking lot where you work or tripping over construction materials that someone left in the middle of the sidewalk. It is easier than it seems to suffer a serious injury from a fall.

Whether your accident resulted in a sprained wrist or a broken hip, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. A New York attorney with personal injury experience can review your case and advise you on your next steps.

Protect your rights

After suffering an injury due to someone else's negligence, you should first seek medical treatment. Once a health care professional has attended to you, it is time to start taking steps to protect your rights to file a claim.

First, collect evidence about the circumstances of the accident. This could include pictures of the scene, your injuries and any property damage that also occurred. Take the time to write down a step-by-step account of the accident. Include medical bills and any other expenses associated with your injuries. If there were any witnesses at the scene, be sure to get their contact information and written statements about what they saw. Inform the person or company responsible for your accident that you intend to file a claim.

Act quickly

If you intend to pursue a claim for your injuries, do not delay. The longer you take to file a claim, the less likely it is you will be successful. Once you have given notice to the party that caused the accident, you have denied them a strong defense that you waited too long to notify them of the situation. By giving notice quickly and efficiently, you maintain control of the process and you can go through the settlement or arbitration process at your own pace.

Statute of limitations

The state of New York limits the time you have to file a lawsuit for an injury claim to three years. If you do not file before the time limit runs out, the court could completely deny your claim and you will be able to receive compensation for your injuries.

Get the help you need

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and lost wages. Protecting your rights from the very start can help you pursue a successful case.

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