If you have recently suffered a personal injury, you know how scary and overwhelming it can feel. The physical effects can be very unpleasant to deal with. To make matters worse, if you are like most of us, navigating the legal system and knowing what to expect from your personal injury case can be very confusing!
When in a car accident, write down what happened as soon as you are safe to do so. For example, what you were doing when it happened, how you are hurt, what damage there is to your car, what damage there is to the other car, and what you think caused the accident or how the other driver was at fault.
Call the police if it is at all appropriate to do so. Even if there would not be a criminal complaint, it is often a good idea to have a police officer document your complaints. This ensures that there is a solid paper trail to confirm that the event actually did occur.
Bring all of the necessary paperwork to your initial consultation as this is very important for your personal injury lawyer to develop a solid case. Make copies of each of these documents too, as you will want to have one just in case. This puts you in the best position to team up with your lawyer and win.
When you are considering a settlement for a personal injury lawsuit, give yourself enough time to make a good decision. There is no reason to be overly eager to settle or give in to pressure from a claims adjuster who may want to tempt you by offering a quick payment.
If you hurt yourself at someone’s house badly enough to want to sue, it is vitally important that you find a lawyer who deals with residential accidents. Workplace or car accident specialized lawyers will not be able to deal with the case as easily or efficiently as an attorney who has done it before.
Even if your insurance company provides a lawyer for your personal injury case, consider hiring an additional lawyer on your own. The lawyer from the insurance company may not be the best person to look out for your individual needs and may, instead, be more interested in protecting the interests of the insurance company.
It is important to find out all the other party’s policy information if you plan to represent yourself. Your claim may go against multiple policies. If they don’t want to provide the information you need, you can get an affidavit that will make them.
Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone who was present at the time the injury took place. If you do need to go to court it will be helpful to be able to call these people to testify as to what they saw. Having eye witnesses can do a lot to win a case.
When dealing with personal injury attorneys, make sure the one you hire believes in your case. If he or she seems to be mumbling through the case and just going through the motions, you may need to look for somebody else. Make sure the lawyer is as fired-up and angry about your pain and suffering as your are!
Don’t speak! If you’re hurt, keep yourself quiet about the situation. If medical officials are present, only tell them what you’ve hurt and how you’ve hurt it. So mention the specifics and answer questions. The less you say, the less there is to be used against you later.
Suffering a personal injury is never a pleasant experience. While you cannot change what has happened to you, you nevertheless can educate yourself on the important facts about personal injury law to make your legal experience as tolerable and seamless as possible. You have been through enough already, after all!