Avoid Agreeing to Payments or Fault Before Contacting an Injury Attorney
If you’re not sure how much your injury may be worth, or if you’re tempted by a big-enough wad of cash, you could be making a big mistake. Injuries are more than one-time problems that can be smoothed over with time off and a few thousand dollars even if you’re feeling fine after the initial incident. To make sure your rights are protected for today and decades in the future, think about these injury cost details and speak with an injury attorney.
How Much Does an Injury Really Cost?
Even if you have insurance, injuries often cost more than the first doctor’s visit. You may have to pay for medication, follow-ups or medical specialists. What if you’re not into Western medicine? Alternative medicine can still cost time and money, and if the injury wasn’t your fault, why should you have to do all the work?
Injuries that are sustained after accidents are often more than a simple bump or bruise. Whether it’s a slip and fall or a car accident that you walked away from, there could be internal damages that don’t become a problem until years later.
Are you someone who recovers quickly? Can you walk off an injury with just a few pain pills or limp it off after a while? That’s a strength in the short-term, but that could still be expensive.
After sustaining certain traumatic injuries, your body could be healing itself in ways that lead to additional strain. Extra muscle tightening over a certain area could cause you to walk strangely in a few years, or you might develop a growth that heals incorrectly.
Some injuries may cause your body to protect certain organs in ways that aren’t just leaning over or flexing in strange ways. The damage could all be internal, and the strain could lead to difficulty in understanding why you are in pain in a decade or so.
How does this all factor into cost? In a decade or more, you may find yourself dealing with a lot of pain or a disability that you may dismiss as a hard life. It could have been caused by injuries for which someone should be paying his or her fair share.
Having to deal with pain specialists and medication isn’t the end of it. What if you planned on working more as you age? What if you want to spend as much time being as productive as possible?
Those untreated, uncompensated injuries could slow you down, and they may be fixed with money and medical care. It’s harder to work for that money in the future, so you will either dip into your savings or have to grin and bear it until you can afford to recover.
The solution is simple: don’t accept any payment until you discuss your injury with a team of personal injury lawyers. If the other party is afraid of court, or even if you don’t want to go to court, legal professionals can still help.
Personal injury law doesn’t have to be about taking things to the highest court in the land. Mediation, settlements or simply making sure your rights are protected while accepting compensation can be done at multiple levels.
At the end of the day, it’s your choice. With an injury lawyer in your corner, you can learn about better options to keep your future as healthy and optimal as possible.
Did You Give Up Your Rights?
Be careful about any statements, admissions of guilt, forgiveness or agreements made after an injury. While some statements can be dismissed due to trauma or lack of clarity in the mind, agreeing to conditions after sustaining an injury could leave you without options.
Tempting payments is one major option that could cause issues with a future legal defense, but it isn’t the only problem. If you admit to any fault in your injury, you make it harder to demand compensation.
It may be true that fault can be shared in certain circumstances, but if you’re not sure, just don’t agree to anything. You’re not required to agree with anyone, and unless your life is being threatened, you have no reason to make any statements.
Save any details about the injury and any settlement ideas for a personal injury attorney. With their help, you can figure out exactly where you stand when it comes to responsibility.
It’s better to not promise anything at all than put yourself in debt for a situation for which you shouldn’t be responsible. Contact one of our personal injury lawyers at RAM Law to learn more about what to do if you’ve sustained an injury.
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