“Personal injury is the legal phrase used to describe injuries a victim sustains because of someone else’s negligence. According to Arkansas statutes, physical injuries can include property damages as well, such as a totaled vehicle. Psychological pain and suffering are often part of a plaintiff’s lawsuit well. These are a few important factors to consider if you or a loved one have to file a personal injury claim.
Gather your evidence
It’s important that you gather all the evidence you can for your personal injury claim. Document any injury you sustained from the accident by taking pictures and keeping all medical records showing when and how you received treatment for the injuries. An accident report from the police or a witness testimony can also substantiate your claims.
Pay attention to deadlines
If you sustained injuries in an accident, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to file a personal injury claim as soon as you can so that your claim will reach the courts within three years, which is the time limit under the applicable state statute of limitations. If you don’t file your claim within this timeframe, you may receive a lower settlement or you may not be eligible for compensation.
It may also be helpful for you to reach out to friends and loved ones for support. Getting into a serious accident can be mentally and physically devastating, and you’ll need understanding and quality medical care in some cases to heal from your injuries.