12th Mar 2018
Accidents happen and deciding to pursue a personal injury claim can be a daunting task. What you do immediately after your injury all the way until your case is concluded makes a difference. How you handle each step of the process can determine how well you are compensated for your injury. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help build a strong case. Here are some tips to help ensure you are prepared to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Your First Actions After Accident or Injury
Your actions immediately after the accident are important. Getting a police report should be one of your primary concerns. Getting a report helps ensure you have records of very important information.
At the scene of the accident, be sure to exercise discretion when speaking with other party. You don’t want to make matters more complicated by trying to discuss fault between each other. Just remember to be clear with the officer about how the accident happened.
Keep All Documents
As you case moves forward, it is important to provide evidence of your injuries and damages, so be sure to take plenty of photos and hold onto any related documents.
See a Doctor for Your Injury
If you were injured in an accident, it is important that you go see your doctor. Not only will this lead to you getting the treatment you need to get better, but it also documents what injuries you received. This will form the basis of your claim to the insurance company. Treatment helps you heal, and subsequent medical reports only help strengthen your case. It is important that you follow your doctor’s treatment plan closely.
Leave the Negotiating to the Attorney
When negotiating with a third party, it is highly advisable to have a lawyer on hand to help you. In most personal injury cases, it is necessary to involve insurance companies. But by doing so, it makes the legal process that much more complicated. Let your attorney be your advocate.
Don’t Sign Anything Until You Fully Understand
Be sure to fully understand how a document may affect you if you were to sign it. Be especially wary of documents or contracts that release the other party from liability or require you to forfeit your right to a lawsuit.
Your Claim Could be Worth More than You May Think
Focus on the type of injury you received and think of how it has affected you. There are several different types of damages, ranging from physical to emotional, your attorney can help you organize the way the accident impacted your life so that you can clearly relate it to the insurance company and a jury if necessary.
Be Willing to Go Though More Than One Offer
Don’t feel like you have to take the first offer given to you by the opposing side. As with most things in life, your personal injury claim is a negotiation. The insurance company will attempt to frustrate you with a low offer to wear you down.
Be Willing to Put in the Work
It will be necessary to put a lot of time and effort into building a strong case. Your attorney is there to help you, but you will have to be willing to make time medical treatment and meetings with your attorneys.
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