I was in a fight with a friend. I don’t really want to sue. I need to know what actions I should be taking to protect myself from med bills/eye sight

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I was in a fight with a friend. I don’t really want to sue. I need to know what actions I should be taking to protect myself from med bills/eye sight

I was in a fight with a friend and did NOT file a police report. Injuries are worse than I originally thought. Went to the ER, they had me see an Ophthalmologist, he determined that my Optic nerve was swollen and that a CT of my brain and orbits was necessary. CT showed a fractured orbit and entrapment of the muscle. Vision is about 40%, Dr hopes for no permanent damage. Now referred to a plastic surgeon to determine if surgery is necessary to repair the fracture. I don’t want to sue him, but what actions should I take to protect myself? Is it too late to file a police report?

Asked on June 5, 2009 under Personal Injury, Michigan

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

There are a lot of details to this that you haven't, and shouldn't, put in your question here, and those details might be very important.  Also, I'm not a Michigan lawyer, and there are differences in the law that might matter here.  So you really need to see an attorney in your area, for a full review, to get advice you can rely on.  One place to find a lawyer is our website, http://attorneypages.com

It's by no means certain that you could succeed in a lawsuit, if it came to that.  I don't know how the police report might matter, or just how long ago this fight took place; you might want to talk to your lawyer, first, about whether reporting the fight would end up with you getting criminal charges to defend.  You've got a very, very serious injury here, and it's worth making sure that you handle all of this the right way.


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