Being injured unexpectedly as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault can leave you feeling as if your world has been turned upside down. From your perspective, life as you know it has changed – maybe drastically – but the world keeps moving forward. The bills keep coming. Expenses keep mounting. Your family still needs to eat. The mortgage still needs to be paid. If an accident has left you injured, you may be worried about how you’ll be able to continue to provide for yourself and your family – particularly if you are unable to work, or if you have to take significant time away from work as you recover.
All of these worries are understandable, and you may have arrived at this page wondering if you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. If so, we’re here to help. At The Law Firm, our talented team of legal experts specializes in personal injury law – and we know the best legal strategies to pursue on your behalf, as you work toward health, healing, and recovery. We understand that when you file a personal injury claim, you want to do all that you can to ensure that you win that claim. Let’s look at a few steps to work toward that goal:
1). Don’t wait to get medical treatment:
Sometimes, following an accident, the severity of your injuries may not immediately be clear. There can be internal injuries that might not be noticed right away – particularly because of the feelings of shock that are often associated with unexpected accidents. As a result, victims often make the mistake of waiting to seek medical treatment – and this can often have a negative impact on your claim.
Seeking medical treatment, or at the very least an evaluation, immediately after an accident will not only help to spot any undetected issues – it will also potentially provide important documentation for your case and can serve as early evidence linking your injuries to the accident. It is also important to continually and regularly seek the care you need as your claim moves forward. You can’t actively participate in your case if you aren’t also actively participating in your own healing and recovery.
2). Save important information:
Much of your personal injury claim will depend, as all legal claims do, upon the evidence you have to support your claim. This might include medical records, medical bills, receipts for repairs made to your vehicle after the accident, police reports, documentation of lost wages or anticipated lost future earnings, and more.
Consulting with your attorney about what information might be helpful to prove your claim, and then gathering and saving that information in a safe, secure place can be extremely helpful to ensure that you present your best claim for maximum compensation.
3). Watch what you say:
Legal claims can be complex. Understandably, after an accident, it can be tempting to want to vent your frustrations and share your feelings with others. You may want to discuss your accident with family members, therapists, or a few trusted friends – but avoid the urge to share information publicly on social media or other such outlets.
Sometimes, without intending to, you might make statements that could harm your case – statements that may be used by the defendant or the defendant’s insurance company against you. While there will eventually be a time to share about your accident, that time is not while your case is still pending.
4). Don’t speak to the other side without your attorney:
While the opposing side shouldn’t attempt to contact you when your attorney isn’t present, sometimes it happens. If an insurance company calls and wants to discuss your case, or the opposing side calls to make you an offer or obtain information, always wait to speak to your attorney first. You don’t want to forfeit important legal rights or negatively impact your case unintentionally.
5). Choose your attorney carefully:
The importance of this last step can’t be overstated. Having an attorney on your side who understands the complexities of personal injury law and who knows the best way to prepare your case and fight for you can make all the difference in the success of your claim. You need an attorney with knowledge, experience, and talent – and at The Law Firm, that’s exactly what we offer.
Your Team of Personal Injury Lawyers
At The Law Firm, personal injury law is our specialty. We’re passionate about helping our clients fight for the compensation they deserve. We know that being injured as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault can be an overwhelming experience. We’re here to help make it less so. We’ll fight for you, so you can focus on moving forward. There’s no day like today to get started. If you’d like to discuss your case, we would consider it a privilege to listen, and let you know how we might be able to help.
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