During the course of our lives, most of us need to ask important questions. They could be on how to create a safer workplace for employees or what legal action to take after being involved in an accident. If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of another, you may be considering filing a personal injury lawsuit.
If you take the right steps, you’ll get justice and receive a fair settlement figure. In this article, we’ll provide some tips on how to get the most from your personal injury lawsuit.
Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer
This is a type of civil litigator who provides legal representation to plaintiffs who are alleging physical or psychological injuries as a result of the negligent or careless acts of another party.
The main advantages of hiring an experienced lawyer include:
- they’ll have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the law
- they can explain your rights
- they’ll be able to navigate the complex legal process
- they’ll be able to gather evidence and build a strong case
- they’ll submit your claim and fight for a fair settlement
- they’ll represent you in court if necessary
Statistics confirm that people receive higher compensation payouts if they involve an attorney than if they choose to represent themselves. The internet can help you find a personal injury lawyer in your area and their website may enable you to have live chats and request a consultation. Their website may also provide helpful FAQs and information on types of claims and what to seek compensation for.
Get A Health Check And Follow Medical Advice
A medical examination can look for any injuries you’ve sustained and help you receive the treatment you require. During the process, the doctor will document the injuries that were sustained in the accident. These medical records can be used as important evidence in a personal injury lawsuit. If an accident victim doesn’t seek an immediate medical examination, it may be harder to prove that their injuries were caused by the accident.
It’s important to follow all medical advice that’s given after an accident. This includes both short-term and long-term treatment recommendations (including taking prescription medication or performing physio exercises). By following medical advice, an injured person will improve their chances of making a full recovery. If people don’t do what they’re asked, however, it could compromise their personal injury lawsuit.
Gather The Evidence
Firstly, you’ll need proof of the accident itself. This could include things like:
- photos of the scene (e.g. car damage, road debris)
- photos of the accident area (e.g. nearby landmarks and any signs of unkept/badly maintained roads)
- photos of your injuries (this will help your claim for pain and suffering – and if applicable, trauma)
- CCTV footage (your lawyer can seek this)
You’ll also need other evidence to support your injuries. This might include medical records, doctors’ notes, and receipts for any related expenses. If you’ve been unable to work as a result of your injury, seek documentation to use as proof of lost wages.
Collect Contact Details
If you were involved in a vehicle-related accident, collect the contact details of the other party (e.g. name, address, email address, phone number, insurance, and driving license information). You should also collect the contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident. They may later be required to provide a witness statement which could prove invaluable in supporting your account of what happened – and why.
If the police were required to attend the accident scene, get the case number and contact details of the investigating officer. You’ll then be able to request a copy of their accident report once it’s been produced. This could be used as key evidence backing up your claim.
Let Your Lawyer Communicate With The Insurance Companies
In most cases, an insurance company will be involved in a personal injury claim because the person who caused the accident (the at-fault party) will have insurance coverage. The at-fault party’s insurance company will likely want to settle the case quickly and for as little money as possible (or to avoid paying out altogether).
Don’t speak to the insurance company unless you’ve first spoken to your attorney, and never provide an account of the accident. They’ll seek to use your words against you so they can pay out less. It’s best to let your lawyer communicate with them because they’re experienced in dealing with insurance companies and will be familiar with their tactics.
Let Your Lawyer Negotiate The Settlement Figure
Insurance companies are businesses that seek to make money, not pay it out. They’ll do everything they can to lowball you on your settlement – and if you don’t have a lawyer representing you, they’ll likely succeed.
If you accept the first settlement offer, you may inadvertently leave money on the table. Your lawyer will have sufficient experience to know what’s a fair payout figure in your case, and whether to accept or reject each offer.
Make sure that any settlement offer you receive is in writing. This will protect you in case the insurance company tries to back out of the deal later on. The document will provide a clear record of the terms of the agreement, so there’s no debate down the road.
Be Wise On Social Media
Until your legal claim’s resolved, don’t post anything about your accident or injury on social media. Insurance companies will be looking for any opportunity to discredit you and use what you post against you.
Even if your posts are private, they may still find a way to get their hands on them, so it’s best to avoid posting anything at all. If you’ve been signed off work due to your injury, never post pictures of you on vacation or at the gym!
These tips can ensure that you get the best possible outcome from your lawsuit. While you focus on making a physical recovery, your lawyer will be working hard on your behalf. You’ll later receive compensation to cover your expenses and suffering, and will be able to rebuild your life once more.