In the aftermath of a personal injury, you can find it difficult to do anything. The injuries may make it difficult to sit, stand, walk or sleep, and you may have challenges staying focused on the tasks in front of you. But one of the most important things you can do is retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Here are some of the reasons why.
Evidence Can Be Lost
With respect to any type of accident, evidence can be jeopardized if you wait too long. In some instances, it may be simple business practices. The longer you wait, the greater the risk that something will happen to critical evidence before your lawyer can take legal steps to safeguard and preserve it. The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner your lawyer can request that potential defendants produce records, videos, pictures and other evidence.
Memories Can Fade
The memories of witnesses will fade with every passing day. Under the best of circumstances, you should try to get a written or videotaped statement from all witnesses as soon as possible. If you are in a car accident, ask witnesses if you can take a statement using your phone. With every day you wait, you can expect that witnesses will recall less and less.
Witnesses Can Move
The longer you wait, the more challenges you may find simply locating witnesses. Our society is extremely mobile and people often move without leaving forwarding information. You don’t want your case to fail because a critical witness can’t be located.
Your Injuries May Become Less Clear Cut
When you hire a lawyer, one of the first things he or she will do is have you submit to a thorough medical examination, so that your injuries can be documented. The longer you wait to do that, the greater the risk that defense attorneys will argue that intervening events caused some or all of your injuries.