Before anything else, take care of your injuries. Make sure you receive emergency services immediately, if necessary. If you were involved in a car accident but think you escaped unharmed, remain attentive to any muscle or joint pain over the next several days—whiplash in particular may not manifest itself immediately following an accident. If you suffered any kind of head injury from the sudden acceleration and deceleration that often cause whiplash, or from an impact, pay special attention to your moods, sensory perception, and short-term memory in the days following the accident. Anything unusual, including odd smells, changes to your visual field, increased irritability or anger, or periods of lost time or blackouts may indicate a significant traumatic brain injury.
I received medical attention…now what?
Once you feel you are on the path to recovery, turn your attention to your financial health. Injuries can be very costly. Even the best health insurance will not pay the entire cost of every treatment, and not many of us are lucky enough to have the very best health insurance. And, on top of medical expenses, you may face lost income from days you had to miss work during your recovery or even a permanently diminished income if you cannot return to work at all as a result of your injuries.
If you suffered serious injury in southern California because of someone else’s carelessness, you must contact a Ventura personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able. California sets a strict two-year statute of limitations on lawsuits by injury victims—three years if your injuries stem from medical malpractice—so you must act quickly to protect your rights. Before you meet with your attorney, consider locating and organizing the following documents to help your attorney evaluate your case and secure the best possible settlement or judgment:
- Any records you have relating to how the injury occurred: photographs, receipts, police reports, employee accident or incident reports
- Any information you have about witnesses to the accident or to the conditions that immediately preceded your injury
- A list of healthcare providers who have treated you since your injury
- Some evidence of your income before your injury, like a pay stub, a W-2, or your tax return
- Any evidence of lost wages or diminished income as a result of your injury
It will also help your lawyer make your case if you spend a bit of time thinking about how your injuries have changed your life. For example, do you go out as often as you used to? Have you had to give up hobbies you used to enjoy?
Seasoned personal injury lawyers in Ventura and Santa Barbara
For injury victims in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, the skilled personal injury attorneys at Maho & Prentice, LLP provide high quality, personalized, compassionate legal care. With over 40 years of combined experience successfully representing injury victims, we know all the tricks of the trade, and will do everything in our power to ensure that you receive the settlement or judgment you deserve.
We invite you to contact us through our website, by phone at 805-618-1367, or by visiting one of our conveniently located offices in Santa Barbara or Ventura County to arrange a free initial consultation about your case and begin protecting your legal rights today.
Maho & Prentice LLP
Santa Barbara Office:
629 State St, Suite 217
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
300 Esplandade Dr, Suite 900
Oxnard, CA 93030