If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, you must focus on health first. While you probably know you need to get medical attention for any injuries, do you know what’s next after you leave the scene? Knowing what you should do after a pedestrian accident in Birmingham can help you make a full recovery—physically and financially.
Keep reading to learn what the attorneys from our Birmingham personal injury law firm recommend accident victims do following a pedestrian injury collision.
Make a File and Keep All Records Related to the Crash and Your Injuries
As soon as your injuries allow, it is essential to collect all documents, records, notes, photographs, and other information related to your accident and injuries in an easy-to-find spot. This file will lay the groundwork for building a strong insurance claim or lawsuit when the time comes.
It can be helpful to write down or record your side of the story as soon as possible. You can use this later to jog your memory. While it may seem like you will never forget what happened, the details could become fuzzy as the months pass.
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Continue Your Medical Care and Follow the Doctor’s Orders
Getting your initial medical assessment and treatment plan is not enough. You must continue to get the care you need and follow the doctor’s orders. Not only is this the best way to heal and regain your previous abilities, but it could also be imperative for your legal case. You do not want the at-fault party to claim you contributed to your injuries or lasting impairments because you did not follow through with prescribed treatments, exercises, therapies, or other care.
Your attorney can only file your claim or sue once your doctor determines you have reached your maximum medical improvement or given you a long-term prognosis. This is another reason why continuing to see a doctor is essential to your case.
Speak to an Attorney About Your Legal Options
As soon as your injuries are stable enough, you can reach out to a car accident attorney in Birmingham. While they cannot take legal action on your behalf until they have a better idea of any lasting injuries you suffered, they can get to work building your case right away. The sooner their investigation begins, the more likely they are to uncover and preserve key evidence.
Our team of pedestrian accident lawyers provide free case reviews. During this free consultation with an attorney, you can learn:
- Your rights as a pedestrian accident victim in Birmingham
- Your legal options for pursuing compensation
- The types of damages that may be available to you
- The strength and weaknesses of your case
- How this process works
- The services the law firm provides
- The fees and costs for these services, usually based on contingency
You can also ask questions specific to your case and learn more about similar accident claims. If you did not speak with an attorney about your next steps following your accident, consider doing so now. They may be able to help you even if you are considering an offer from the insurer on your own.
Building a Case for Fair and Just Compensation
The goal of any insurance claim or lawsuit is to recover fair compensation. Victims should not have to suffer financial stress and losses because of an accident caused by someone else’s bad behavior. When our lawyers handle one of these claims, we investigate what happened to collect evidence and prove:
- The accused party acted negligently
- The identity of that party and any other liable parties
- How their actions led to the pedestrian accident
- Our client had no role in causing the collision or their injuries
- The financial, physical, and emotional harm our client suffered
- The value of the expenses and losses they incurred
We are often able to demand fair compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurer and negotiate a settlement. However, sometimes we need to sue and ask the jury to grant our client relief through a verdict and court award. When this occurs, we may only have a limited time to begin the process. Under Ala. Code § 6-2-38, the state has a two-year statute of limitations on these cases.
Call to Speak With a Birmingham Lawyer from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident in Birmingham, our attorneys are standing by to discuss your legal options for seeking compensation. We may be able to help you recover the money damages you need to pay your bills and cover other losses. We are a contingency fee firm and will not ask you to pay anything upfront. Our Birmingham, Alabama, office is one of 15 locations across four states.
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