Injuries are a fact of life. And while they can’t always be prevented, there’s often something that could have been done to avoid the situation in the first place. If you find yourself injured at the hands of someone else’s negligence, knowing how to respond could mean the difference between getting the compensation you deserve and ending up in a debilitating situation.
Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim
Some people may lead you to believe that winning a personal injury claim is as easy as following a simple list of steps, but the reality is often much harsher. It’s one thing to file a personal injury claim – it’s something else entirely to walk away with a successful settlement or judgment. Doing so requires a disciplined and strategic approach.
Every personal injury case has its own intricacies and complex issues. Unless you’re well versed in personal injury litigation, you’ll almost certainly want to hire an experienced attorney to take charge. Additionally, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Get Immediate Medical Attention
First and foremost, your primary attention should go towards receiving immediate medical attention from qualified personnel. Even if you don’t think the problem is very serious at the time, getting checked out by a doctor is important in establishing a causal relationship between the incident and any future medical care that’s received.
During your initial medical examination or treatment, be sure to list off any symptoms or issues you’re dealing with. Having them documented and in your official medical file will be helpful if you choose to pursue a claim.
- Start With Fault
One of the very first steps in filing a personal injury claim is to figure out fault.
“When preparing your injury case, you’ll need to determine who’s responsible for your damages and therefore needs to cover your expenses,” attorney Gary Greenberg explains. “It’s important to remember that this may not be the same person who caused the accident, and in some situations, your accident may have been caused by an inanimate object, so you’ll need to investigate for fault.”
A good legal team will walk through all possible scenarios and issues before zeroing in on a specific individual or group that’s responsible for the fault. Be sure adequate due diligence is performed before jumping to a conclusion.
- Beware of Quick Offers
Immediately after your injury, it’s possible that you’ll receive phone calls from an insurance company that represents the individual, business, or group that was responsible for your injury. Be very cautious when speaking with them and remember that you have the right to speak with your attorney first.
The number one thing to look out for is a quick and/or lowball offer. Insurance companies will typically offer just 5 to 40 percent of what a case is really worth the first time around – often pressuring people to take the settlement or risk winning nothing in a trial. Listen, but never accept a settlement on the spot.
- Keep Detailed Notes and Records
It’s amazing how forgetful the human brain can be. The details of an incident that may seem like it would be permanently etched into your memory often quickly disappear in the hours and days after the incident. In an effort to remember everything, be meticulous with your notes and records. Document everything and never throw away any file or paperwork, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
- Focus on Getting Better
The wonderful thing about hiring a personal injury lawyer is that you don’t have to worry about all of the little details and administrative issues that take place behind the scenes. Instead, you can focus on the one thing that matters most: getting better.
Take time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate your mind and body. While the stress will certainly be high, try not to let it affect your emotions and physical healing. Health is all you have – don’t take it for granted.jiyta
Be Proactive in Your Approach
Obtaining a favorable outcome in your personal injury case requires an approach that’s both strategic and proactive. The longer you let the situation go, the less likely it is that you’ll be successful. Keeping this in mind, formulate a plan of attack that allows you to get ahead of the situation and take charge.
Author: Oliver Curtis
Hi there. I’m Oliver. I’m just a young boy from the outskirts of… Okay, that’s a lie, I’m not a young boy anymore, although I certainly feel that way at heart.