Personal injury is, unfortunately, something we are all at risk for every day. They are, of course, traumatic events regardless of severity, and they can be devastating in some circumstances. A likely question to arise in these situations is whether or not you have a legal case and whether you should sue for it. This is a question to be answered with three basic points. Obviously, you must first suffer a personal injury to have a case. Secondly, the injury needs to be caused by negligence from another party instead of an innocent mistake. Thirdly, you will need to have verifiable and “recoverable” damages. In this context, “recoverable” means damages that entitle you to compensation. If these three conditions are met, it’s likely that you have a valid case. Since most personal injury attorneys work on contingency fees (you’ll simply pay a percentage of the settlement, but only if you win the case), you may want to seek the help of this Super Woman Super Lawyer to better your chances of success. Additionally, you’ll want to follow these steps.
Any time you are injured, it’s important that you seek immediate medical care. This will give you the opportunity to talk with your doctor about any unusual sensations and give the best chance for a full recovery. This will also help prove that all injuries sustained were due to the accident. If medical care is sought later, it will give the defendant an opportunity to diminish your claim by saying some, if not all, of the injuries could have been due to another cause.
Additionally, immediate medical care will help avoid inconsistencies in your medical record, which is of vital importance to your case. Gaps in any kinds of documents will be harmful to your case, but gaps in medical records in particular are an extreme danger that could even ruin your case. Ensuring these inconsistencies never exist in the first place will eliminate the defendant’s ability to discredit your claim based on medical results. You’ll also want to ensure the records are regularly updated by attending all follow up appointments and adhering to all instructions regarding treatment.
There are a few things a client can do to prepare for the initial consultation with an attorney in an injury case. You’ll want to gather any materials that could be useful for the case. Photographic evidence of the accident scene can be a great help. If possible, bring photos that were taken at the time of the injury itself. If this isn’t an option, it can still be worthwhile to return to the scene and record the layout of the area anyway. In addition, you’ll want to bring your medical records, an accident or police report, and any contact information of doctors and witnesses to the accident. Having this information will establish you as a knowledgeable and cooperative client, and this generally makes attorneys more likely to take your case.
Just because an attorney takes your case doesn’t mean you should just leave them to do everything. A client still has some responsibilities during the case itself. First of all, you’ll need to keep your attorney updated on your medical condition. The extent of your injuries and the pace of your recovery are paramount factors.
You’ll also need to provide any further developments in your case. For example, any time an outside source contacts you about the case should be reported to your attorney. This will most likely be insurance companies, and you should direct all questioning to your attorney. There may not be such a thing as a guaranteed case, but working closely with your attorney will provide the best chance for a successful outcome.