5 Ways to Strengthen Your Personal Injury Claims
If you were injured and are trying to file a personal injury claim, there are some very important steps you can take to strengthen the arguments in your claim and attain the maximum possible compensation. To help you understand all elements that comprise all of the legal procedures for filing claims, here we present five pieces of advice to kick-start the process.
The hazy moments after accidents can cloud your memory, making it difficult to remember all of the specific details. Not to mention that it may be too painful to relive the trauma, no matter how minor or not the accident was. Yet, believe it or not, all of these seemingly minute details add up to the bigger picture, and one wrong move potentially turns into a catastrophe. Can you recall the other person’s error? Did the wrongdoer have an incriminating slip of the tongue? Write down everything that you can remember.
Who Was At Fault?
The key to having a successful claim is to determine how another party acted negligently to cause your injuries. Here is one example: you and a co-worker take turns operating heavy machinery at work. Your co-worker ignores a crucial safety precaution, an accident occurs, and you were injured as a result. In this scenario, the co-worker may be found liable for violating the safety rule, thus causing the accident.
Get to Know the Claims Process
For all personal injury claims, the key is to find where and how the other party was responsible for causing the accident and thus your injuries. For automobile accidents, it may be a different story. Currently, Florida is a “no-fault” state, which means that regardless of who is found at fault, you file a claim with your own insurance company. This can be troublesome for those who believe they were wronged and are owed more than what insurance companies are willing to payout.
Gather All Relevant Evidence
Try to keep track of all of the medical bills, as well as any other costs that have incurred for treating your injuries. This may include the therapy bills for emotional anguish or pain and suffering. You should also keep track of any other unexpected costs, including unearned wages, transportation costs to hospital visits, and other lost income. Keep photos of your injuries as evidence. You may also want to revisit the scene of the incident and take photos of the area. The most accurate you can keep these records, the better chance you have at finding the right monetary compensation.
Obtain Immediate Legal Representation
No matter how large or small you believe your case to be, you should hire an attorney to assist you with your case. You can choose to represent yourself in your case, but you may not reap all the benefits that may be available to you. An attorney can ensure that every single portion of your case never misses a beat, first by helping you determine how much your claim should be worth and advocating for you whether your case is settled or needs to go to trial.
Our Stuart personal injury lawyers have 85 years of combined experience and have helped thousands of clients achieve favorable outcomes. We know the time, dedication, and effort it takes to win. Call Crary & Buchanan today!