How To Help Your Attorney During Your Injury Case
Being injured is never fun, and when it's due to the actions of someone else it's even more frustrating. Finding help is important, and a good personal injury lawyer could be the key to getting the compensation that you deserve and moving on with your life after an accident.
To do so, your accident lawyer will argue for your right to receive compensation for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. Left on your own, the best you might hope for is a low settlement offer that barely covers a portion of your medical bills. But with a personal injury lawyer, you will be much more likely to receive the compensation that you actually deserve.
However, while they're a professional, it's still a good idea to take steps to help ensure that they get the best results for you. There are several steps you can keep in mind that could improve your attorney's ability to get you what you're owed. Remembering them is well worth doing in the days following an accident.
Knowledge is power, and that goes for personal injury cases too. The more info you can get concerning your case, the easier it will be for your attorney to help you. You should obviously get medical help after your accident, but things like taking photos, getting witness names, and more should be considered if possible.
Seek Medical Attention
Under Florida PIP law, you only have 7 days to seek medical attention after an accident. And even if you're filing a claim against another party, the longer that you wait to get medical help the harder it will be for your attorney to prove that your injuries were a result of the accident and not because of something else.
And remember that some injuries may take days to even manifest. You might feel fine right after an accident, only to begin to notice problems later. Simply put, it's best to go directly to the doctor when you're in an accident - even if you think you're not injured.
Don't Talk To Anyone
You might have insurance companies calling you, or attorneys from the person responsible for your injuries. If this happens, direct them to your attorney. One mistake when talking to these people could cost you your settlement, and it's best to let your lawyer take care of things for you.
Don't Accept A Settlement Immediately
It's common for an insurance company to offer a settlement that is lower than what you really deserve. Never accept an initial settlement offer until your lawyer has time to look it over. The odds are that letting your attorney negotiate your settlement will almost always lead to a settlement that actually covers your expenses.
Use Social Media Wisely
Social media is a wonderful thing…until it isn't. Something as simple as posting an image from a year ago could be construed as a recent photo and used to prove that you don't actually deserve compensation. In other words, you need to be careful with what you post and do on social media. That doesn't mean you should stop using it - just be sure that you think before you post, or it could put your entire case at risk. When in doubt, don't do it.
Trust Your Attorney
All of this comes down to one basic thing - trusting in your personal injury lawyer. Their experience and skill at handling personal injury cases is the reason you turn to them, and failing to listen to their advice is something that could cost you significantly.
Simply put, when you're injured, trust your lawyer. Listen to them, answer their questions honestly, and follow their guidance. Doing so will help you get the compensation you deserve. Together you can move yourself to a full recovery.