Lend a Hand: How Your Participation Can Bring You Personal Injury Success
Taking steps in the right direction is important after an accident with injuries. Not only can you take part in getting your life back to normal again but you can also improve your chances of personal injury success by staying on top of things. To help get you started, consider taking the below steps so that you can lend a hand with your case.
Don't Make Any Wrong Moves
Knowing what not to do after an accident is just as important as what to do. Don't do any of the following and you are far more likely to be paid what you deserve.
- Never speak to the other side. That means the at-fault driver's insurance adjuster, mostly. They don't have your best interests at heart and will likely take advantage of you during this critical time.
- Don't speak about the accident on social media. Things you say could be used against you by the other side.
- Never agree to a settlement or sign an accident release without legal representation.
Speak With a Personal Injury Lawyer
Many lawyers will give you a few minutes of their time without charging you and that is enough to have your case evaluated. If the lawyer believes you have a good case, you won't need to pay anything upfront because most personal injury lawyers will let clients pay once their case is won and only if it's won. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by talking with a lawyer.
Be Forthcoming With the Facts
Your legal representation is only as good as your relationship with the lawyer. Your lawyer needs information to represent you and anything you say is confidential. Be as forthcoming as possible with not only the facts about the accident but about other things like previous accidents and personal injury cases, medical conditions, and criminal and driving history.
Make the Meeting Count
Time is of the essence with a personal injury case so present your new lawyer with the below information as soon as possible:
- Your insurance information and that of the other driver if you have it.
- A summary of your medical treatment so far and any statements, bills, receipts, or explanation of benefits from your health insurer.
- The police or accident report from law enforcement.
- Information about witnesses, photographs, and vehicle repair estimates.
Your attorney will immediately begin working with the other side to get you paid for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, your wrecked vehicle, and more. The sooner you take action the sooner you can expect a settlement, so contact a law firm right away.