Fair Warning: Notifying All Parties Involved

Filing a personal injury claim can be daunting. The process can be long and every detail must be analyzed and understood in order to move forward and win your case. If you’ve been injured in an accident and you want to file a personal injury claim, whether it is a car accident injury, a slip and fall injury, or a medical malpractice suit, you will need to contact an attorney to help you out. Your attorney will help you break down this long, arduous process into smaller, manageable steps that will be easier to understand.

Who Is Responsible

The first thing you must do if you’ve been injured in an accident is to figure out who might be responsible. Who you should contact will depend on the type of mishap that has occurred. For example, if you’ve been injured in a car accident, all the drivers and vehicle owners involved may be responsible. The employer of a driver may also be liable for your injuries.

In a product liability claim, all parties involved in the distribution of a defective product may be liable for your injuries.

Who is responsible, and who you should contact will depend on the type of accident. Keep in mind that you do not have to know exactly who is at fault; all you need to know is who may be at fault.

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Let Them Know

Now that you’ve figured out who might be responsible for your injuries, it is time to let these individuals know that you’ve been injured, and that you intend on taking action. A good way to notify the guilty parties is to send a letter via certified mail to the defendant’s home address, employer, or insurance company. The certified letter should contain your name, your contact information, and a brief description of the time and place where the accident occurred. Your notification should be a simple, typed letter providing only the basic information and asking for a written response. Your letter should not mention fault, liability, or how badly you’ve been injured. You do not have to provide any details about the accident other than the time and place.

In some cases, you will have to send multiple letters because there will be more than one party involved. For example, you might need to send one letter to the business owner where you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, a second letter to the property owner, and a third to the insurance company.

Be Proactive

One important aspect of personal injury cases is time. It is imperative that you, the victim, act quickly if you’ve suffered any type of injury in an accident. Notifying the responsible parties should be handled immediately after the accident. Although, there are no specific number of days in which you must give notice to the defendant(s), it is best to start the process as soon as possible. The reason why is because the details of the accident will be fresh on your mind. Do not waste time if you’ve been injured in an accident. Contact a personal injury attorney right away.

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Mr. Sagan is a solo practitioner at Shannon J. Sagan, PA.His primary practice area is personal injury.His entire career has been dedicated to representing the injured and not insurance companies.Mr. Sagan received his B.A. in Legal studies at the University of Central Florida and became a paralegal for a personal injury firm while attending law school.He received his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in 2004. Mr. Sagan has been practicing law since 2005 and holds positions on various boards throughout Palm Beach County and nationally.
You may contact Mr. Sagan via email at ssagan@1800flalawyer.com or 1-800-FLA-LAWYER or read more about him and his law firm at www.1800flalawyer.com
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