If you have been injured in an automobile crash or while on someone else’s property, you may have a personal injury claim. However, it is critical that file your claim as soon as possible to reserve your rights under the law. Therefore, it may be a good idea to see an attorney immediately after receiving treatment for your injuries.
Aside from getting needed medical attention, one reason why you want to seek treatment before filing a lawsuit is to establish that you were legitimately injured. It may also affirm where you have been just prior to seeking medical help, which could then help prove where you got hurt. For instance, by going to the doctor after slipping and falling at the grocery store, it would be easier to show that you have indeed acquired your injury at that particular store.
You should also keep in mind that there may be statutes of limitation when filing a personal injury case. In Massachusetts, you have three years from the time you determine that a specific action led to your injury. For instance, if you were hurt in a car accident, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
Even if you don’t think that your injuries are serious, it would not hurt to consult with an attorney. In many cases, the initial consultation is free, and many lawyers will have a payment plan available or will not require payment until after the case is settled.