Not all people who suffer a negligent personal injury know that they will go on to file a claim. In most cases, this decision comes in the aftermath of an injury when the consequences caused by the incident begin to manifest. For example, many victims do not consider filing personal injury claims until the medical bills come rolling in and they realize that they cannot cover these costly expenses.

Unfortunately, waiting too long to file an injury claim is detrimental to your case. In Tennessee, victims have only one year to seek a legal remedy for an “injury to person.” For this reason, it is important to consider any negligent injury you may suffer as possible grounds to file a claim. To strengthen any potential lawsuit you may choose to file, follow these steps after an injury occurs.

  • Seek treatment for your injury as soon as possible
  • Gather all evidence associated with the events that caused your injury
  • Write down names and contact information of any witnesses
  • Make sure to save all medical bills and documentation related to the injury
  • Keep notes about any conversations you have with all involved parties
  • Speak to a personal injury attorney about your case as soon as you can

If you are already injured but were not able to follow the above steps, you may still be able to pursue an injury claim. A lawyer can provide you with advice and guidance about your case and aid you in finding supporting evidence. While it is not always possible to comprehend the full consequences of suffering a personal injury right away, remember that you have an array of legal options at your disposal.

Source: FindLaw, “First Steps in a Personal Injury Claim,” accessed June 14, 2018