We’ve all been told to “walk it off” before. Whether it’s for a pain, injury or just not feeling well, a lot of people will be there to tell you it’s probably nothing. And while it is important to keep a positive mindset, you should also pay attention to your body and not push yourself too far. You could end up doing more harm to yourself. And, in the case of an accident or a toxic exposure, you could be doing it alone when you don’t have to.
This is especially true in California, where the statute of limitations for most personal injuries is only 2 years. It can be easy to miss your opportunity for justice, so contact a lawyer as soon as you are injured or unwell, even if you are not immediately sure of the extent of the damage.
Let’s say this pain you’re dealing with is from when you fell down in a public place. This could be caused by anything from ice on a sidewalk or an unmarked section of wet floor at the mall. While you may be lucky enough to walk away from the experience, it doesn’t mean you won’t have lasting physical complications.
Or, consider this – there is black mold discovered at your home. Maybe you and your family seem healthy enough, and you feel certain you caught it in time, but there may be no way of knowing until it is too late. California legislation is working to catch up to the problem of black mold and other contaminants, but it can still rest on you to discover and take action on the situation.
There are countless other times where it’s a good idea to get a professional opinion:
- Accidents in stores because of improperly stored merchandise or hazardous conditions
- Exposure to toxins in a public place, such as asbestos in an airport or school
- Injury due to uneven or dangerous surfaces on curbs, streets or public lands
- Skin or lung contact with chemicals on private property like a swimming pool or garden
- Consuming products with unsafe additives or ingredients, from foodstuffs to cosmetics
- Slip and falls on private property because of maintenance or upkeep issues
All of these events and more can impact your life in far-reaching ways, and you may not be aware of the implications until much later.
This is why it is very important to seek some help right away. Reach out to an established and well-regarded legal team. Let them help you assess what actually happened and what may result from it. They will be able to guide you to the next step of the process, and start you on your way to deeply needed compensation. And you won’t be putting any money down unless your case is successful, so the risk of finding help is really minimal.
It is important to get yourself represented before you find yourself up against medical bills, lost time at work and long-reaching physiological symptoms. This is not even to mention the stress and emotional strain that situations like this can bring into you and your family’s lives. So do yourself a favor and don’t go it alone.