First and foremost, follow the advice and recommendations of your health care professionals. If you do not feel you are getting the medical help you need, seek a second opinion.
Second, it is important to save receipts, medical records, photographs, and records of conversations regarding the accident. You should keep a journal where you can write down the names of important witnesses, keep track of important dates, and describe how you are feeling, both physically and emotionally. This is all evidence which may be useful in a legal case, but which may also be useful to your doctors, employers, or investigators of an accident.
Finally, you should inquire about your legal rights. In the State of Arizona, there are time limits ("statutes of limitations") for the filing of legal actions in personal injury cases. Cases involving injury from automobile accidents, professional malpractice (medical, legal, dental, etc.), or discrimination generally must be filed within two years. Cases involving defamation, libel or slander must be filed within one year. There are other statutes of limitations which apply to cases involving governmental entities, contracts, or product liability. Failure to file a lawsuit within the time limit can result in the case being dismissed. It is important that you inquire about your legal rights in a personal injury case as soon as you are able to do so.
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