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The Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in any sort of accident, from an auto collision to a slip and fall, then seeking appropriate medical attention for your injuries should be your first priority. However, equally as urgent is your need to contact a skilled and experienced New Hampshire personal injury lawyer.
In a manner similar to medical treatment, many victims who have suffered from serious injury will frequently wait until they think it is absolutely necessary and unavoidable to speak with a personal injury attorney. However, there is a phrase you will often hear in the field of personal injury law: You snooze, you lose.
Here are our top 5 reasons why you should never wait to contact an NH personal injury lawyer:
1. Government Tort Claims Deadlines and Statutes of Limitations. A statute of limitations is defined as a specific time limit in which a case arising from an injury must be filed. Statutes of limitations vary widely from one state to the next and are also dependent upon the particular nature of a case. Moreover, personal injury claims against a government entity are subjected to “Tort Claims Acts”, which can create considerably accelerated deadlines within which a case must be filed. In the state of New Hampshire, the statute of limitations is 3 years from the date the accident occurred. An experienced NH personal injury lawyer will be familiar with these deadlines and how they apply to your jurisdiction and specific case.
2. Evidence can be destroyed or lost. Your chances of successfully winning a personal injury lawsuit depend primarily upon the strength of the evidence you have. However, how long you choose to wait to file legal action can significantly affect your chances of winning. The longer you choose to wait, key evidence that supports your legal case, like physical evidence at the accident scene, proof of injuries, and witness statements, become much more difficult to document. A personal injury lawyer will diligently work to immediately identify and preserve any evidence that could be beneficial to your case. Not only does this increase your chances of winning a case, but it also removes the burden of proof from your shoulders. With all that is going on after an accident, this is one less thing you must contend with.
3. Your memory (and those of witnesses) of the accident can fade. In many cases, the most important piece of evidence you will have is your own memory of the accident. As most people know, memories of an event or accident can be altered with time or fade altogether. This includes the memories of any eyewitnesses to your accident. A personal injury lawyer will be able to assist in documenting each detail related to the event, even if the details seem insignificant. He or she will know what details are going to be crucial to successfully winning your case.
4. You could miss out on your opportunity to receive a quick settlement. Contrary to popular opinion, not all personal injury claims result in a jury trial. Many times, a settlement can offer the ideal resolution for a personal injury claim. Obtaining a fair settlement enables the victim to be financially compensated for their pain and suffering and injuries and allows them to move forward with their lives. At the same time, it enables a defendant and their insurance provider to avoid the hassle, expense, and time a trial would involve. However, negotiating a fair and quick settlement is usually easier said than done. This is where the assistance of an experienced lawyer can be invaluable. Your personal injury attorney can offer advice regarding the pros and cons of a settlement. Furthermore, he or she can negotiate with an insurance company on your behalf to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled too.
5. When your case is left in capable hands, you can enjoy sound peace of mind. In addition to the physical aspect, injuries that arise from accidents often leave the victim struggling with the psychological and emotional impact, and this can be difficult. During this whole process, your first priority should be to focus on your healing. When you confidently know that your case is being left in capable hands and that there is someone advocating on your behalf, it can remove a huge weight from your shoulders and from the minds of your family members and loved ones.
If you still have hesitations about hiring a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer, bear in mind that most NH personal injury attorneys, including those at our law firm, operate off of a contingency fee basis. Essentially what this means is that unless your lawyer obtains a settlement on your behalf, he or she does not get paid. If a settlement is won, then your lawyer will take a percentage of the winnings as their fee. This method of operation enables you to avoid having to come up with the cash to pay an attorney upfront.
When it comes to the personal injury claims in New Hampshire, time is of the essence. The statute of limitations in our state is three years from the date of your accident, and the earlier you get started, the better off you’ll be. For a free consultation regarding your case, contact our law firm today via email, telephone, or through our website. We want to work with you to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled too and to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
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