Accidents can happen at any time to anyone. When faced with an accident, the last thing you want to deal with is the legal implications that are to follow. This is true for both the at-fault party and the victim of the accident as legal work can be costly, time-consuming, and a confusing process.
For this reason, many individuals make the decision to hire a personal injury lawyer before or after an accident has happened to ensure they are protected and get the settlement that they deserve. However, before hiring a personal injury lawyer, there are many things that you can do to protect yourself and your case.
The following are some of the top tips that you should follow after your accident and while filing a claim.
1. See a doctor for a full health assessment
If your accident led to an injury or health complications, the first thing that you need to do to protect yourself physically and legally is to seek medical attention. After stabilizing the situation, obtain a full health report from your doctor that details your injury and its complications. This will be a key piece in creating your personal injury claim.
2. Keep records of all costs associated with the accident
Along with your health report, your lawyer will require any relevant documentation to help build your case. Keep a record of all receipts or invoices associated with your injury and/or the accident. This will help you and your lawyer understand the true cost of the accident and will create an initial value for what is owed to you.
3. Wait for your lawyer
Before signing any documents, wait for your lawyer to be present so he or she can advise you on what is best for your case. If you do not fully understand all of the implications of a document make sure to seek advice from your lawyer. You have the right to a lawyer at all times throughout your case, use this right and wait for their advice.
4. Be aware of insurance companies
At multiple stages, throughout your case, you will need to speak with your insurance company and possibly the company of the other party. During these conversations, it is very important that you are aware and careful of what information you give and how you represent yourself. Remember that the insurance companies are looking to minimize the claim as much as possible and any information you give could help or hinder their case.
5. Understand the legal process
If you have decided to have a lawyer help guide you through this difficult time, it is important that you still take time to understand the process. If you invest time in understanding the basic legal processes for personal injury claims, the entire process will be easier and less overwhelming. This is especially true in times that you are without your lawyer, for example when speaking to an insurance company. Knowing the basics can help you maximize your case and ensure that you get everything you deserve, from the other party and from your lawyer. It is also crucial that you get a lawyer that you can trust. Find someone that you feel comfortable speaking with and asking questions to during this vulnerable time.
A personal injury claim can be exhausting on many fronts. Take as many cautionary measures as possible to ensure that you are given what you deserve while also protecting yourself. Before an accident occurs, find a lawyer in your area that you feel comfortable with and that you can rely on in the case of an accident.