For almost all of us, there comes a time when we need to hire a lawyer. It may be for business, personal, or family reasons. Sometimes it’s clear that you need the assistance of a lawyer. You’re starting a new business, being sued, buying a house, or you’ve been charged with a crime. At these times, there’s no doubt that you should seek legal counsel. But other times it’s not so clear. You think you might be able to handle it yourself, but you’re not sure if that’s the best course to follow.
Don’t Settle Your Case Quickly
The number one mistake made by most injured people is settling their case too quickly. Once you settle your case it is over forever in most instances. You need to understand the full extent of your injuries, medical bills, and possible future complications before you enter into a settlement.
Consult A Lawyer
In most injury cases involving more than one or two doctor visits, it is our advice that you should at least consult a lawyer before settling your case. McMath Woods and most other lawyers will provide you with a free initial consultation in an injury case.
Keep Uninsured and Under-insured Coverage on Your Vehicles
The cost of uninsured and under-insured coverage for your vehicle is minimal compared to your liability coverage. There are too many uninsured and under-insured drivers out on our roads for you to take a chance by not securing these important coverages.
Do Not Delay
Never delay in reporting an accident or injury to the appropriate insurance company, including your own insurance company. Also, if you are injured, do not delay in seeking treatment. In many instances, insurance company adjusters will question any significant delay in treatment.
Seek Advice From Other Sources
Below are some helpful links that can provide you with information in dealing with injury or litigation related situations:
Arkansas Departments and Agencies
Drugs and Product Recalls
- FDA MedWatch
- FDA Safety Announcements
- Health Square (prescription drugs)
- The Merck Publications Online (medical manuals)
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
- FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health -(recalls, warnings, and latest information)
- Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute (federal and state resources)
- THOMAS Legislative Information on the Internet (issues before Congress)
Other Legal Reference Links
- American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
- Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare
- U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Supreme Court
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Legal Information Institute (LII) of Cornell University (Decisions Since 1990)
- Selective Historic Decisions of the Supreme Court