You may have heard or read that after suffering a personal injury in an accident, you should take legal action immediately. Why? Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be facing costly medical bills, and you may be unable to return to work. A successful claim can provide you with the money you need to rebuild your life.
Some of the reasons it is vital for you to take legal action as soon as you are physically able to include:
Time is running out — Right after you suffer an injury, the clock starts ticking for how long you have to file a lawsuit. Generally, for personal injuries in New York, the statute of limitations is three years. This means that if you do not file a lawsuit within three years of the date of your injury, you may be barred from recovering damages.
Evidence must be collected — Every accident case is different. Depending on the circumstances, important evidence that proves the defendant’s negligence may need to be collected right away.
You may forget important details — As time passes, you may forget integral details regarding how you were injured. To prevent this, you should keep a journal, highlighting how your condition improves or worsens and noting any workdays or special events you miss as a result of your injury.