No one plans on getting injured. Accidents happen and can have a drastic impact on your life. No matter where this injury occurred, you will need to adapt to your new life. Fortunately, there are legal protections for people seeking personal injury claims.
Deciding to file for a personal injury claim is huge. Once you have done that, now it is time to build a strong case. To ensure you have the means for a full recovery, compensation for your injury may be necessary. Below are our top suggestions for factors that will help you have a solid case for your personal injury claim.
1. Keep All Your Evidence
Evidence is a huge factor in deciding a case. The judge will instruct the jury to review the evidence to determine a decision. You can even get better settlement offers based on the strength of your evidence. Take photos of the accident site and all your injuries. If possible, also take photos in the hospital or during recovery. Make sure to get names and as much info about witnesses as you can. Definitely get a copy of any police reports.
2. Receive Medical Treatment at a Hospital or Medical Center
Your claim will be based on the extent of your injury. Accurate documentation of your damages is important. Doctors and other medical professionals will need to document your injuries, and the treatment plan they recommend for recovery. The more thorough this documentation from an “expert,” the better your case will be. Make sure to follow any treatment plans carefully.
3. Relax After You Get an Offer
When you hurt, the only thing you can usually think of is ending that pain. It can be tempting to take the first offer as that may be the only one you get - if you get that at all. However, it is usually in your best interest to encourage the opposing side believe you will go the full way to get what you deserve. An expert attorney in personal injury cases, like those at Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, & Rivers, can help you decide when and which settlement offer to take.
4. Include Future Damages in Your Personal Injury Claim
Personal injuries include damage that already happened and problems that will come in the future based on the injury. Recovering before trial may not even be possible. Including your future damages is a significant aspect of your personal injury claim. Between your doctor and your attorney, decide what those future injuries will likely be.
5. File Your Case Early
There are limits to when you can still bring a case forward. The sooner you file your personal injury claim, the stronger your case becomes. Wait too long and you may not be able to file at all. As we mentioned above, gather your evidence immediately, so you are ready. Witnesses can be tough to track down, and injuries begin to heal.
Choose a Qualified Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Case
Winning any case can be difficult, without enough evidence. Make sure to choose a qualified lawyer, document your injury, and file your case quickly. The attorneys at Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, & Rivers can help defend your rights against those who have injured or allowed you to become injured. We believe strongly in fighting for people - contact us today to review your case.