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Being involved in a serious injury-causing accident can raise a lot of questions that you may be unprepared to answer. Who is going to pay for my medical bills? Will I be able to go back to work? Should I call an attorney now or wait? Fortunately, the answer to the last question is simple: you should call a lawyer as soon as you can after being involved in an accident.
There are many reasons that you should call a lawyer sooner rather than later after an accident. Some of the more important of these are detailed below.
Evidence can be Lost or Destroyed
In many accident cases, it is necessary for the plaintiff (you) to gather and present evidence that establishes that the other party was negligent. If you wait to start gathering evidence, it is possible that it will be lost or destroyed – for example, video surveillance footage can be deleted, memories can fade, and documents lost. When you retain an attorney right away, he or she can get started collecting evidence on your behalf as soon as possible, minimizing the chances that evidence critical to your case will be lost or destroyed.
There are Strict Time Limits for Filing a Claim
State law imposes limits on how long after an accident a person may file a legal claim, known as a “statute of limitations.” In Arizona, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is two years, which means that a lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date of the injury. If you fail to file a claim within two, you forfeit your right to recover compensation.
It is important to remember that properly preparing and filing a personal injury case takes a significant amount of time. By giving your lawyer as much time as possible to work on your case, you are maximizing your chances of recovering for your losses.
Call a Scottsdale Personal Injury Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been hurt in an accident, you should call the Yearin Law Group as soon as possible. Attorney Don Yearin regularly represents people injured in a variety of accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, dog bites, bicycle accidents, and medical malpractice. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Yearin, call our office today at 480-502-0708 or send us an email through our online contact form .