Accidents happen, and deciding to pursue a personal injury
can be a bit of a daunting task. What you do immediately after your injury, all
the way up to finally settling, matters. Depending on how you handle each step
can determine how well you are compensated for your injury. Fortunately, there
are some things you can do to help build a strong case for your claim. Here are
10 tips to help ensure you are prepared to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Your First Actions
Your actions immediately preceding the accident your in can
matter greatly. Getting a police report should be one of your primary concerns.
Getting a report helps ensure you have records of very important information.
You will also have to be dealing with the other party. Though
it will be necessary to talk to the other party, be sure to exercise discretion
when speaking with them. You don’t want to make matters more complicated by
trying to discuss fault between each other. Just remember, you do not have a
duty to figure out fault or give out unnecessary additional information.
Hold onto Everything
If it gets to court, ultimately the jurors are the ones who
will decide the fate of your case. It’s your duty to provide them with as much
evidence to convince them how much you were damaged. So be sure to take plenty
of photos and hold onto any related documents.
Go See a Doctor
To win your personal injury case means you would receive payments
for your injury or loss. In order to start getting an idea to know how much to
ask for, you will need to see medical professionals to look at your injury. Treatments
and subsequent medical reports only help strengthen your case. You just need to
make sure that you follow your 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 Till You
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
Your Claim can 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, that one may deal with due to one injury.
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. You want the others to believe that you are willing
to go the distance to get compensation for your damages. It’s important to communicate with your
attorney to decide if you want to accept or deny an offer.
Be Willing to Put in
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 that also doesn’t mean you get to sit back and wait for
the result. You’ll have to be willing to make time for depositions, various
medical exams, find availability for mediations, and be willing to help complete
various discovery demands.
No Two Lawyers are
Not all personal injury lawyers are the same. It’s important
to ask if they specialize in certain personal injury cases or general cases.
You want to find an attorney that fits your needs best.