What Not To Do When You Have Suffered a Personal Injury If you have suffered a personal injury as the result of an accident or someone else’s negligence, the moments following can be confusing and overwhelming. Knowing the right thing to do or where to turn is just as important as knowing what to avoid. To help, the experts in personal injury law and claims at Arnold Thomas & Becker have detailed some do’s and don’t’s following an injury. As always, our team is here to work in your best interests and fight for the maximum compensation, benefits, and payouts available to you. Do not put off medical help First and foremost, the important thing is your safety and wellbeing. If you have suffered a personal injury, seek medical attention straight away, even if your injuries do not seem readily apparent. Many injuries are not immediately obvious, and on some jurisdictions, you are required to seek medical attention within a certain time frame to be able to make a claim. Soft tissue or brain injuries will not show symptoms for days, weeks, or even months. This is why a thorough evaluation is essential to diagnose your injury and provide the proper treatment. Do not wait to make an injury compensation claim One of the top priorities for those who have been injured is the ability to get their life back on track, which is why it is important to get legal advice as soon as possible. At Arnold Thomas & Becker, for example, we assess your claim for free and provide expert claim advice. Many people skip this altogether as they think the process will be too expensive or they are perhaps ineligible for some kind of compensation. This is rarely the case. Seeking help straight away gives you information on the types of things you can claim for and how to go about making a legal claim. When handled by the right lawyers, this process can actually be quite simple and stress-free, meaning you can focus on your recovery. Do not be put off by costs A common misconception around claiming for your personal injury compensation is the expense. At Arnold Thomas & Becker, we work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis to give our clients peace of mind. This payment system essentially means that you will pay nothing unless the case is won, with zero upfront costs. Understanding types of personal injury claims available As mentioned above, the last thought on your mind after an injury is compensation, and this is why many people miss out on funds they deserve which can lessen the burden an injury places on your livelihood. Understanding the situation you, unfortunately, have found yourself in is an important element to ensure you are not further disadvantaged. Here is a list of the possible claims that can be made in relation to personal injury: Workers CompensationRoad Accidents/ TACPublic Place InjuriesAsbestos-Related IllnessesClass ActionsMedical NegligenceFaulty ProductsSexual AbuseBirth InjurySuperannuation You may be able to claim compensation for various disadvantages, including loss of earnings, the cost of medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and any expenses relating to professional care. These funds can make a big difference to your stress and comfort levels during recovery, and are important in upholding the quality of your wellbeing. What should be your next steps? If you find yourself injured and it appears you may be eligible based on the list of situations above, get in contact with our lawyers today. Arnold Thomas & Becker is a leading personal injury legal firm based in Melbourne that brings over 50 years of experience in personal injury law to your case. We work hard to make the legal process as simple as possible by being down-to-earth, friendly and approachable. We know that you are already going through a tough experience, and our lawyers are dedicated to achieving outstanding results to make your recovery process a little bit easier. When you call us, you’ll speak to a lawyer straight away. Our team will avoid legal jargon and create an open, collaborative and informative space to make the often complicated world of legal dealings as straightforward as possible for our clients. We fight for your rights, no matter the size, resources or reputation of the opponent. Your best interests and the goal of achieving maximum compensation, benefits, and payouts for you are all that we care about. Speak to one of our lawyers today.