Personal Injury Attorney
ACCIDENTS construction,motor vehicle, premises, catastrophic, Workers' Compensation
There are several factors that can make your personal injury case better and lead to the ultimate victory in the court.
Firstly, without evidence, you have no case. To make the most of your claim, be prepared from the beginning - when an accident happens, collect any and all information that may help support your claim. Take pictures, speak to any witnesses and get their information, call the police or ambulance and go to the hospital right away. If the witness is in a rush, and unable to give the statement at the time of the accident, just get his or her name and contact information. You can send a letter afterward, requesting a detailed statement when they have time. Sometimes the natural reluctance of a witness to become involved in the case may be overcome by informing him or her of the seriousness of your injuries or of the fact that the witness may be the only objective person who witnessed the accident. Telling reluctant witnesses to put themselves in your client’s position will sometimes help overcome this hesitancy. If you do this, you will be ahead of the game.
Secondly, you should immediately seek medical evaluation and take your medical treatment seriously. The insurance company and jurors may assume that you suffered no injury or did not experience real pain if you don’t seek medical evaluation promptly. Do not skip treatments, and follow all of your doctors' recommendations. Tell the medical providers all of your complaints and symptoms, no matter how minor a complaint may seem. The medical provider should document and record all the symptoms and following treatment. You also should keep thorough notes and records of the medical data and bills as well as any documents relating to present and future lost wages, pain and suffering. All of that will constitute an essential evidence in your case.
Thirdly, be honest with your attorney. Tell them everything! Do not hide information from your attorney, even if you simply feel embarrassed about what happened or think it will prejudice your case. The truth may hurt but silence hurts much more. It will come out during the course of your case, and if you give your attorney time, they will figure out the best way to deal with it.
Most of the litigation cases are won or lost based upon whom the jury believes. If you hide some information which is later discovered, you will look untruthful in the eyes of the jury. The case becomes a house of cards, and you may lose. Remember that jurors want to see the entire person, not just what’s been carefully prepared for trial.
Stay off of social media! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like are not private, and your activity on those sites, can be used against you in your case. Tell your friends and family never to post photos of you. Social media posts are being gathered in the court as evidence and may prejudice the outcome of your case. And be aware that deleting social media accounts during a trial can result in penalties!
Finally, be patient. Your personal injury attorney will do everything in their power to resolve your case as quickly as possible. At the end, they don't get paid, until your case is over! Under certain circumstances, cases can resolve very quickly through settlement. However, the litigation process is complex, and the legal system is designed to protect everyone's rights, including the parties you are suing. Your case is the only opportunity you will have to receive compensation for your injuries, so be patient and let the process run its course. Keep faithful and trust your attorney and you might be surprised what they’ll be able to do for you.