How To Help Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Florida is the third most heavily populated state in the country, and along with the millions who live here, there are millions more who visit on a regular basis. That kind of population means that accidents happen on a regular basis. And when you suffer from an accident and are injured, you owe it to yourself to get help. And if your accident was caused by the actions of someone else, an accident attorney could be the best ally you have.
A personal injury lawyer will help by proving that you are owed compensation and also by making sure that you get exactly the compensation you deserve. A personal injury claim can help you get the money you need to get back on your feet following an accident and is often the only path you'll have to a total recovery. But while your lawyer will certainly help you through the recovery process, there are actually a few things that you can do to help them as well.
You won't need to actively do a lot to help your attorney, really. They'll handle all of the hard work involved in getting you compensation so you can focus on your physical recovery. But you can keep a few things in mind to ensure that they are able to get the best results. Here's a rundown of some things you should do - or shouldn't do - to improve your case.
- Get Info - Yes, your attorney will gather plenty of information. But if you can get names of witnesses to your accident and jot down as much of what happened as you can remember, it will have a big impact in the future and could help your attorney in a big way.
- Get Medical Help - It's important to seek medical care even if you don’t' feel like you're injured. Under PIP law, which Florida still currently has in place, you'll only have 14 days to seek compensation for your injuries. And even if you're seeking compensation from a responsible party, the earlier you see a doctor, the better. Waiting too long makes it hard to prove that your injuries are related to your accident.
- Keep Records - Keep copies of everything. Medical bills copies of police accident reports, dates and hours missed at work, and more can all be used to make sure that your compensation amount is completely fair and will help you get on your feet. Without copies of these forms, it's harder to ensure that your settlement is fair.
- Don't Talk To The Other Side - You'll likely start getting contacted fairly soon after an accident by insurance companies or representatives from the other side. They could be asking questions or could be making offers to settle. It's important to direct them to your lawyer instead of talking to them yourself. You could say or do something that will have a negative impact on your personal injury case.
- Use Social Media Wisely - Social media can have a dramatically negative impact on your case as well. A post of a picture of you dancing from five years ago could be regarded as recent, for instance, and used to show that you're not injured at all. Always think before you post.
These simple steps can have a huge influence on your personal injury lawsuit and help make it easier for your lawyer to get the best outcome for you. Keep them in mind throughout the recovery process and throughout your case, and the odds of you getting the settlement you deserve will be much greater.