Have you been personally injured by someone else lately? Are you not sure what to do? Fear not. There are plenty of things you can do to help yourself and ensure a favorable outcome. Keep reading for a collection of tips as they pertain to personal injury and the law.
Stay off social media! That means Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Don’t post photographs of yourself sailing on a yacht if you’re claiming an injured back! Don’t tell anyone you went water skiing when you claim to have hurt your foot. Just stay off the internet and say as little as possible online instead.
Do not forget your lost income when assessing the impact of your injuries. This includes lost wages from being unable to work, whether due to injury or issues like lack of transportation. This can include money that you lost from missing school.
When choosing a personal injury lawyer, pay special attention to the size of their firm. Generally, larger firms mean that more than one lawyer may work on your case. These are usually Associate Attorneys who are trying to gain some legal experience, while having a senior attorney oversee and make the final decisions. Smaller firms can usually provide better management by having fewer people working on a case. Feel free to ask if other attorneys will be working on your case in any firm you’re interested in.
How quickly does a lawyer get back to you? The answer to this question should play a huge role in which attorney you choose for your personal injury case. Anyone who leaves you hanging for days on end is no good. To figure out how long it will take once hired, multiply how long it took for them to first contact you times three.
Ask your friends and family for personal injury lawyer referrals. There are countless personal injury lawyers out there, due to the large amount of money that they can make, but that does not mean that they are all good. If you do not already have a lawyer in mind you should seek the help of those that you know and trust.
Take as many pictures as you can to have through documentation of your injuries. Most cellphones have cameras built in, so use that if you do not have an actual camera, or ask a witness to take photos for you. Take pictures as quickly as possible so the court can use this evidence in your case.
Look for a lawyer willing to work on a contingency basis. This means that your lawyer will not get paid unless you receive a settlement. Not only will this mean your lawyer has a vested interest in getting you a good settlement, it also means you won’t be left with a large legal fee should your case be dismissed.
Be completely honest with your lawyer. Your lawyer is bound by a confidentiality clause, so feel free to tell them everything you know, even if you think it may harm your case. Withholding information is far more harmful to your case than anything you could tell your lawyer. A lawyer needs to know all of the information available in order to be effective.
When you are filing a personal injury claim, you need to pull your medical records from the last ten years. Make sure you review them so that you are consistent with any testimony that you give. The insurance company from the other party will be reviewing your medical history to try and find any conflicts in your testimony and find any preexisting conditions.
Be sure you have all your medical information inside of a binder when dealing with your personal injury suit. Include all doctor correspondence, as well as bills and care instructions. Save emails from your doctor about your injury.
If you like to exercise to keep in shape, take the proper precautions to avoid injuring your muscles. Stretch before and after each workout in order to warm up and cool down your muscles. This will make it less likely for you to experience a tear or other personal injury.
Talk to your lawyer about working on contingency. This means you will not have to pay your lawyer unless you receive a settlement. This can help balance the amount that you have to pay during your case.
If it is possible, keep your vehicle in the exact position it is in if you were in an accident. Doing this can sometimes worsen damages and reduce the liability of the other party for the harm to your vehicle. The only time this must happen is in a busy street.
Make sure that a limited tort does not apply to your personal injury claim. Sometimes people are limited but it can be nullified if the at fault party has previous convictions for DUI. You do not want to have your settlement limited. Check and make sure that a limited tort does not apply.
Now, do you see how you can help yourself through a personal injury? It should be quite clear. Apply what you’ve just learned, and you’ll be on your way to succeeding in this matter. With a winning attitude and perseverance, you can win your case and feel better in no time.
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