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Personal Injury Information Kit – What You Need to Know About Your Legal Rights

March 22nd, 2022

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS, REMEDIES, AND THE LEGAL PROCESS

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT, THIS IS A BASIC GUIDE TO HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY:

• Know your rights.

• Access the help that is available.

• Choose the best lawyer for you.

TEN IMPORTANT STEPS TO TAKE WHEN INJURED IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS SUFFERED A SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY, SOME VERY IMPORTANT STEPS NEED TO BE TAKEN WITHIN THE FIRST FEW DAYS:

1. Make sure the police have all of the information they need about the accident.

2. Record the names and addresses of involved parties and witnesses to the accident.

3. Keep your family doctor informed of your injury.

4. Notify your insurance company as soon as practicable of your car accident.

5. Notify your employer or school.

6. Record the names and contact information of your health care professionals.

7. Record insurance information.

8. Keep receipts for all related expenses. Family members should also record dates and time spent caring for the injured person.

9. Check for other insurance coverage (i.e. through your work, school or private plans).

10. Contact a personal injury lawyer and know your rights.

OBTAINING COMPENSATION FOR INJURIES ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS, REMEDIES, AND THE LEGAL PROCESS

1. How do I know if I have a claim?

If you are injured in an accident, you may have the right to make a claim against the person who caused or contributed to your injury. Claims for compensation can be made for injuries suffered in many situations and are often covered by insurance.

2. What if the accident is my fault?

If you are injured in an automobile, snowmobile, ATV, motorcycle or dirt bike accident, you are entitled to certain accident benefits (usually paid by your own insurance company), even if you are at fault for the accident.

Further, depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may also be entitled to benefits from other sources. We can help you identify those potential sources and obtain the benefits to which you are entitled.

3. Where do I begin?

The first step is to determine if you have a claim. The quickest and surest way to do this is to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after a serious personal injury, because there are strict time limits and deadlines that must be met in order to avoid delays or disqualification from obtaining compensation.

4. What if I am injured in an automobile accident?

There is a special system for obtaining compensation related to motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, it is complicated. Our experienced professionals can help you obtain full and just compensation.

There are two sources of compensation, both described below:

- A claim against your own car insurance company or the car insurance company of another vehicle involved in

the accident is called the Accident Benefits Claim; and

- A claim against the at-fault driver is called the Tort Claim.

5. Can I claim for other types of accidents?

Yes. If your injury was caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be able to seek compensation.

As a Tulsa car accident attorney law firm the Gorospe Law Group knows how much car accident injuries impact the lives of our clients. Gorospe Law Group is a personal injury attorneys law firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As personal injury attorneys in Tulsa we believe that it is only right that the responsible party for the injury compensates the victim. We have represented all kinds of car accident clients in Oklahoma.