If you have slipped over and fallen in a big home improvement store, you may need hospital treatment or at least time off work to recover. If you were injured through any fault of an employee, or because of neglect or mismanagement you may be able to recover much of the expenses you will have to deal with by filing a personal injury claim.
A successful claim is dependent on having proof that negligence on part of the company or someone working for the company caused your injury. It makes sense to prepare a claim carefully, preferably with the help of a personal injury attorney, as you should then have a better chance of obtaining the right amount of compensation.
How Soon You Should Settle
There is a two to three year time limit on all personal injury claims depending on the state and dated from the time that you had your accident. This is something which each state imposes on these sorts of claims. Preferably, you don’t want to wait too long before you file a claim, although the priority immediately after the accident is to get appropriate medical treatment.
Generally, the sooner you file a claim, the easier it is to find people who saw the accident happened. If you are not taken off to hospital immediately, it would be preferable to ask anyone who witnessed the accident whether they would mind making a statement later. You would need their consent and contact details.
Major corporations no doubt experiences claims for injuries somewhere in its 2,000 odd stores every week. Its insurer will be careful to check all claims for personal injury before consenting to release payments. That’s why it is important to be well prepared before you submit your claim.
Why You Should Take Your Time to Settle
If you rush your claim, you risk not getting the correct amount of compensation. It’s easy to forget to include costs, especially if your injury is likely to take a long time to heal properly.
While you don’t want to wait too long before submitting the claim, you must have definite proof that they were at fault, or your claim will be rejected. You must also be able to justify what you are actually claiming.
That means documentation must be complete. Examples of what will be needed include a doctor’s report, any records from any other medical center that treated your injury, all receipts that had anything to do with your injury, evidence from your employer that you had lost wages or other earnings and a justification for a pain and suffering component.
How a Lawyer Can Help
If you intend claiming against a big corporation, don’t expect it to be easy. It is advisable to talk to an attorney starting a personal injury claim. The attorney can help with advice, suggest what documentation you need to make your claim more convincing and help negotiate with the company and its insurers on your behalf. Fill out the Free Case Evaluation on this page today!
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Lowe's, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.