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When should I contact a lawyer after sustaining a brain injury?

When should I contact a lawyer after sustaining a brain injury?
by Shana De Caro
De Caro & Kaplen, LLP

After experiencing an accident of any type in which you or a loved one sustained an injury – including a traumatic brain injury – contact an attorney as soon as possible.

  1. Seek medical attention for any injuries you may have sustained. You may find that seemingly minor injuries may progress in ways you had not anticipated. You need the advice and assistance of counsel from the outset to protect your rights.
  2. Contact a Brain Injury Association of America Preferred Attorney, no matter what caused the injury (automobile/truck accident, pedestrian accident, product liability, defective or dangerous buildings or other premises, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse).
  3. If your injury involves motor vehicles, remember to exchange insurance, contact, and license information, obtain witnesses’ names and addresses, and collect police information. You should refrain from engaging in conversations with people involved in the accident, investigators, or insurance company representatives.
  4. Prompt investigation is essential to preserve evidence, locate witnesses, and protect your rights. Qualified experts must be retained to review evidence. Any potential defendant, or his/her insurance company will engage investigators, lawyers, and experts immediately. You deserve the same protection.
  5. Conversations with investigators, insurance representatives, or people involved in the accident is the job of your attorney, who will intercede on your behalf. Simply refer all people to your attorney for any conversations about the accident or your injuries. You have enough to deal with trying to recover from your injuries. Your attorney will protect your rights and interact with all who do not have your best interests in mind. 

Time is of the Essence

There are strict time limitations within which to bring a lawsuit. These time limits vary from state to state, as well as the nature of the case. An attorney must have sufficient time within which to gather information and evidence prior to commencing a lawsuit.

Generally, personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation to determine whether there is a potential lawsuit for your injuries. Consulting a Preferred Attorney to preserve and protect your rights will provide peace of mind.


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