Personal injury claims could range from a driving accident to slipping and falling in someone’s home. Personal injury claims could take months or even years to be completed, even with a strong case. A person may file a personal injury claim if they have been injured or experienced distress by another party.
In a personal injury case, claims are awarded to the plaintiff based on the damages the plaintiff has suffered. How quickly a person files their claim and how much evidence they have has an enormous impact on the outcome of the case.
What are some ways to strengthen my personal injury case?
The longer a person waits to start their personal injury case, the less chance they have of winning the case. The first thing a person should do once they have been injured is to undergo a medical evaluation. No matter how minor the injury is, seeking medical evaluation immediately is paramount to your claim. Without any official documentation of any injuries or symptoms, your claim could be denied, or the compensation you receive could be cut in half.
Preserving evidence is also necessary for a personal injury claim. No matter how insignificant a piece of evidence may seem, it could be a key component in any claim. For example, let’s say you were driving and your brakes had failed, causing you to have an accident. It is important to save the car and all pieces of evidence involved so that your lawyer and an evaluator could inspect the vehicle and file the claims accordingly. If you go ahead and repair the brakes and the vehicle, your claim would most likely be denied. To avoid having your claim being denied, it’s best to talk to an attorney immediately.
One of the most important things a person can do to strengthen their personal injury case is to not speak to their insurance company. Insurance companies are just like any other business; they will try everything they can to pay as little as possible. The adjuster will ask you questions that seem innocent, but these people are trained to ask questions that can and will be taken out of context to dispute your claim. Always have your attorney handle speaking to the adjuster.
How can I gain more compensation for my personal injury?
Pride Legal’s network of attorneys is here to assess your claim so you may receive the maximum compensation. Personal injury compensation is awarded based on damages and emotional distress. There are several things to help in gaining more compensation, such as:
- Visiting a doctor immediately
- Only allowing your lawyer to speak to the insurance companies
- Obey all doctor orders
- Preserve evidence
- Stay away from posting on social media, or making yourself ‘public’
If the case is big enough, some insurance companies or defendants will hire private investigators. They will try to watch you to see if you’re really hurt or not. Going out and posting pictures at the gym or on a hike will not help a person’s case. A person could have their medical bills paid, lost income paid, receive payment for loss of property, and sue for emotional distress.
Contact a lawyer immediately
After an injury occurs, it’s important to immediately contact a lawyer. They will be able to assist you throughout all the steps of your claim to be able to maximize the compensation you will be able to receive. Your lawyer will also be able to handle all the paperwork and phone calls, easing your stress. Contacting a lawyer immediately could have time-sensitive evidence been saved. Your lawyer could receive the surveillance camera recording of the incident before it’s too late.
Your insurance company will want a statement from you. Have your lawyer handle speaking to the adjuster, as they’re trained to ask questions that can be taken out of context to hurt your claim. As stated previously, adjusters ask questions that want to hurt your claim so that the insurance company may pay out as little as possible.
Contact Pride Legal
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, we invite you to contact us at Pride Legal for legal counseling or any further questions. To protect your rights, hire someone who understands them.