What You Can Do If You’ve Been Injured in an Accident

Generally, you have two options if you have been injured by someone else’s negligence. You can do nothing, or you can take action. Before you decide what to do, however, you need to know the consequences of your decision.

What Happens If You Do Nothing After a Personal Injury Accident

You have the right to do nothing after a personal injury accident. You may seek medical care, deal with any lost income, and manage your pain and suffering on your own.

If you choose to do nothing then you will recover nothing. Once the statute of limitations expires, you will no longer have the right to bring legal action and you will not be reimbursed for your damages.

What Happens If You Take Legal Action After a Personal Injury Accident

Generally, if you decide to take legal action then your case may be decided through settlement negotiations or in court. Taking legal action requires thought and planning. There are decisions to be made at each stage of litigation. For example, you will need to decide:

  • What you are requesting in damages.
  • What evidence to request and gather.
  • What motions to make to the court.
  • Whether to enter settlement negotiations with the insurance company.
  • Whether to accept a settlement that is offered by the insurance company.
  • Whether to try your case in court.

Thus, if you choose to take legal action, then you will have options at each stage of litigation that could impact your recovery and your future.

You Have the Option to Hire an Attorney

You have a lot at stake. Before you make any decisions about your case, it is important to discuss all of your options with a personal injury lawyer who can advise you about your rights, about how a personal injury lawsuit works, and about the damages that you might recovery if you decide to take action. To discuss your options in more detail, please contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced attorney.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.