5 Ways to Help Your Personal Injury Case Succeed
After the initial shock of being involved in a car accident wears off, you may quickly find yourself dealing with injury symptoms or medical expenses. Your best option is to call a personal injury attorney and file a claim in order to receive damages. However, this is only the first step. Once you have filed a claim your personal injury attorney is going to need your cooperation every step of the way and the more information you can provide to them, the more likely you are to win your case.
1. Cooperation with Your Attorney
This is your dispute and you should work with your attorney to build up the best case possible. Write down a complete account of what happened as soon as you can after the incident. By keeping your facts straight and being as detailed as possible, you can help your attorney decide where they might need to do a little more digging for information.
2. Provide Evidence
It is up to your lawyer to thoroughly research every aspect of your case to make sure there isn’t anything that the opposition could use against you. However, any evidence pertaining to your lawsuit that you may have gathered will be vital information that your lawyer will need. This includes photos of the vehicles involved, the police report along with the officer’s badge number, information of the other people involved including witnesses, and detailed documentation of your injury symptoms. Detailed pictures of your vehicle showing how much of a dent was made will help prove just what kind of force hit the car. The police report should also provide enough details describing who was at fault and why. This will be important information that can help your attorney build a solid case should it go to trial.
3. Do Not Talk About Your Case
Unless it feels necessary, it is advisable that you do not speak to anyone about your personal injury case. This means that you should limit your social media activity and refrain from discussing details about your case other than with your lawyer. In no circumstance should you contact the other parties involved. If their lawyers were to find out this could be construed as you trying to make a deal outside of the limitations of the case and could ultimately work against you.
Keep records of everything. This includes the police report number, medical bills and loss of wages reports. All of this should be provided to your lawyer so that they can make an accurate assessment of how much the insurance company should compensate you for the overall physical and emotional damage that was caused.
5. Keep Your Lawyer Updated
If anything changes in your condition or if you are ever contacted by the defense in any way, you should relay this information to your representation as soon as possible. If the insurance company is snooping on your Facebook page under the guise of a new friend request, then you should alert your lawyer. Lastly, if you have to visit the doctor frequently due to your injuries, keep all of these visits in a log and submit this to your lawyer for review and assessment.
Ultimately, it will be up to your lawyer to form a solid case that should render a pleasantly surprising amount in compensation. However, it doesn’t hurt to help out with any information you can provide that could ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured during a car accident or otherwise and wish to file a claim give our offices a call at 916.863.2900.