Tacoma, WA (PRWEB)
September 12, 2017
Personal injury claims occur when a person is injured due to someone else’s negligence or intentional actions. These cases can be tough to win, because they often hinge on technicalities. While it is always important to engage an attorney who understands how the law applies to a specific case, Tacoma attorney Bryan P. Stubbs offers 5 general guidelines that can help victims protect their rights and win their claims, based on the eBook available on his website: http://injuryattorneytacoma.com/
1) Write Down Notes and Reports
The actions taken during the first 24 hours are critical. All involved parties should write down exactly what happened both right before and during the accident. For example, for a car accident, it is vital to note any relevant signage, malfunctioning traffic lights, weather conditions, and even whether the driver was eating or talking on the phone. For a slip and fall, it is important to note whether any protective measures were in place, such as a barricade or a Wet Floor sign.
It is also important to write down the details of any conversations with the other party or with witnesses, and to gather as much information as possible about everyone involved, such as names, addresses, and phone numbers. Drivers should exchange insurance information.
Victims should take as many photos as possible of the scene, their injuries, and any property damage. These photos can help the insurance companies understand the nature and causes of the accident.
Victims should seek medical attention right away. Some injuries take a few days to manifest, and it can be harder to win damages for an injury that was not immediately documented.
The accident must be reported as soon as possible. For car accidents, this typically means calling the police. For a slip and fall or other injury on private property, it means advising the property owner. If the accident involved government property, a formal report must be filed right away. Victims must also contact their own insurance company, regardless of the nature of the accident or who was at fault.
2) Comparative Negligence
Like many states, Washington has a comparative negligence law. This means that compensation can be reduced…