When It’s Time to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer

When it comes to getting injured, everyone deals with recovery in their own way. Some people ignore it and try to “walk it off” while avoiding going to the doctor at all costs; some people take the opposite approach and immediately visit the emergency room; and everyone else falls somewhere in between. It’s understandable to take the wait and see approach, but it’s never a good idea to delay seeking treatment if the injury may be serious. This is particularly the case when the injury was caused by the negligence of another party, i.e., in a car accident or work-related injury.

There’s two reasons why you don’t want to delay seeking medical treatment after a serious injury. For one, the faster your injuries are treated and diagnosed by a doctor, the faster your recovery will be, and the less likely the injury will result in permanent damage to your health. The second reason is that you need to preserve the critical evidence that will establish culpability in the event that you need to file a lawsuit. Some of the most crucial evidence in a personal injury lawsuit is the physical evidence of your injury — which, for obvious reasons, is best documented immediately following the accident. 


Although the topic of this article is when to call a personal injury laywer, you should now see why the timing of a doctor’s visit is critically intertwined. However, there is other important evidence in your case (apart from the medical documentation of your injury) that should also be collected in a timely manner. This includes testimony from witnesses, pictures of the scene of accident, interviews with police officers, and anything else taken from the scene. It is this evidence that you will need a personal injury lawyer to collect, and the sooner the injury attorney takes your case, the earlier the evidence will be collected, and the better it will be preserved.  

Because the critical evidence in your case hinges upon the speed in which it is collected, it is best to call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after you have sustained the injury. In most cases, the insurance company will immediately have its investigators at the scene, working to collect evidence to refute any injury lawsuit you may file. That’s why it’s important you begin at a equal footing, with your injury attorney there from the beginning as well. 

Keep in mind that there is no obligation to file a lawsuit after taking a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer. The injury attorney will review the facts of your case with you, and explain to you the legal options moving forward. Even if you decide not to retain the lawyer at that time, they will then already be familiar with your case and be prepared to get started immediately should you later decide to retain them. 

In sum, the time to call a personal injury lawyer is as soon as possible; but if your injury requires emergency treatment, be sure to call 911 or go to the hospital first. 

I’m a personal injury lawyer that currently practices law in South Florida. My law firm in Stuart, Florida, handles a wide range of cases involving injury victims, ranging from auto accidents to medical malpratice and slip-and-falls. If you have been unfortunate enough to have been negligently injured in the area, do not hesitate to call me for a free consultation at my law office in Stuart, Florida. My firm can be reached here:Stuart Personal Injury 4285 SW Martin Highway, Stuart, FL 34990 (772) 202-2886Stuart.Injury.Law@gmail.com
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