If you have sustained an injury as the result of an accident someone else should be held responsible for, there are many reasons why it is in your best interest to act as quickly as possible when it comes to a personal injury lawsuit. For starters, the sooner you take action, the more critical the effects of your injury are likely to be. I’m by no means trying to say you want the injuries to appear more significant than they are. I am merely saying giving your injuries an opportunity to heal does nothing to help you inside of a courtroom.
The goal isn’t to make your injuries out to be more significant than they are. But, the more pain and complications your life is experiencing, the more likely a court will be to rule in your favor.
Witnesses Memory of the Accident
Another reason why you may want to proceed quickly is so the events will still be fresh in mind of those who witnessed the accident. The longer you wait to get matters started, the more likely a possibility of significant details being either left out of forgotten in the case. However, when you act quickly, you provide yourself with better odds for putting people on the stand whose testimony will benefit the outcome in your favor.
When it comes to witnesses, the quality is always better than the quantity. When so much time has elapsed that witnesses struggle to remember details, it shows in their testimony. This not only provides a possibility of significant information being missed, but it can also make what they say seem not as credible. If a judge or jury begins to question the truth of what a witness has to say because they are unable to recall the minor details of a case, it could lead them to ask a witnesses testimony altogether.
Paying off Medical Expenses
Speeding things up when it comes to filing a lawsuit will also mean you receive the financial restitution you deserve quicker. With any injury requiring medical treatment, bills can begin to pile up in a hurry. Even with above-average medical coverage, paying co-pays and meeting deductibles can stretch any budget to the limits. When you have an injury severe enough that time will be missed away from work, it makes matters even worse.
You can find yourself stuck relying on credit to pay bills and other necessities due to the financial burden of your injuries. This not only damages your wallet, but it can also create an effect on your credit. To keep this from happening, you will want to start the process of holding those at fault financially responsible as quickly as possible.
Statute of Limitations
The most important reason for proceeding as quickly as possible depends on which state you live in; you only have a specific amount of time to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. While some states may allow you up to six years before the statute of limitations is up, others only allow you up to twelve months to take action. Because of this, you will want to contact and hire an attorney as quickly as possible. The sooner you put a lawyer to work for you, the sooner you will be able to focus all of your attention on recovering from your injury.