Personal injuries can happen to the best of people from all walks of life. While you may not have much say in whether or not you are injured, you can take control of the process needed to get compensation. The article that follows was written so that you can be prepared to deal with a personal injury case. No matter what questions you have about the process, you will find the answers here.
You should write down the details of your accident and describe your injuries carefully. Do not forget anything, including small cuts and bruises. Remember to take note of any bruises, bumps and other symptoms that may appear as time passes. Keep your mental health into consideration, such as the ability to perform activities.
Include lost income information in your notes. This means how much time you spent away from work, unpaid or paid at a lower rate, due to injury (mental or physical), not having transportation, etc. Also be sure to include any money you lost due to classes you needed to skip.
You can still get a settlement if you had any preexisting condition before your accident. Discuss the situation honestly with your lawyer. You don’t want that surprised to show up in court!
You will need pictures and documented paperwork regarding your personal injury. Have someone else take some photos if you’re not able to do so. Take pictures as quickly as possible so the court can use this evidence in your case.
You should talk to your attorney about settling your case out of court. This will help alleviate the stress of having to testify in court, and should also offset the court fees that will accrue.
To prepare for a personal injury lawsuit, keep copies of all medical forms relating to your injury in one file folder or notebook. Ask your doctor to write a detailed report of your injuries, keep receipts from the bills you paid as well as your prescriptions and document any income loss. Keep copies of emails too.
You deserve respect from your lawyer. If you are dealing with lack of respect or lack of time to fully explain your case and ask questions, move on to someone else. Also, if you cannot get ahold of this attorney, it’s probably time to get yourself a different one.
Watch out when you deal with insurance companies. Keep your guard up since you will probaby have to deal with them. Insurance companies seek to settle personal injury suits quickly and cheaply. Consider talking to a lawyer before agreeing to any settlement.
You should keep in mind what you have read in this article. Your attorney should keep you informed and at ease throughout the entire process. Personal injury cases generally are more than just black and white, so you must know what to do to succeed at them.