Accidents happen at any time, but there are especially difficult during the holiday season. In the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, few people have extra time to devote to injuries and accidents. For this reason, some people who are in an accident or who sustain a personal injury put off seeking medical help or legal help for their injuries. Unfortunately, this can have serious consequences.
Not seeking medical help immediately for an emergency can result in complications that delay your medical treatment. In extreme circumstances, delaying medical attention can result in fatalities. Even seemingly innocuous accidents, such as a sudden bump to the head during a car accident, can prove fatal within a short period of time if not treated correctly. As well, not seeking medical help deprives you of the evidence that could be important if it eventually transpires that your injury was caused by someone’s recklessness or negligence.
Not seeking legal help and advice after a holiday injury or accident can also lead to serious legal consequences. Contacting an attorney immediately ensures that your legal rights are carefully protected and that you have the legal advice you need to make the right decisions after your accident. When you delay calling an attorney, you can unfortunately harm the integrity of your case.
Some accident victims worry that seeking medical and legal help after an accident will take too much time. However, the little extra time that is needed ensures that you stay safe, both in terms of your health and in terms of your finances. You do not want to sustain an injury that ends up costing you income, only to find that you have limited legal recourse because you’ve delayed seeking help from an attorney. Do not let this happen to you. It’s a terrible way to begin the New Year.
Some people avoid seeking an attorney’s help because they assume that attorneys are more expensive or not available at all during the holiday season. This is simply not the case. Most attorneys have special holiday hours or emergency numbers where they can be reached. Also, qualified personal injury attorneys in Florida do not usually charge upfront fees. Some work on a contingency basis, which means that you will not have to pay until and unless your court case is won or produces an out-of-court settlement. Many good Florida attorneys also provide an initial free consultation, which is certainly still available during the holiday season.