- 7 Ways to Prepare for Your Personal Injury Case
- November 14, 2018 | Author: Graham Scofield
- Law Firm: Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC - Atlanta Office
- Georgia law authorizes you to sue if you are ever hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault. For you to recover compensation for your injuries, you need to build a winning case. Personal injury claims require you to prove certain facts, such as how you were hurt, who was at fault, and the various ways your injuries have affected your life. Unless you can establish each one of these key elements, you will have difficulty resolving your case for its fair value.
It’s critical to retain a personal injury attorney that is experienced and knowledgeable. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, our team of Atlanta injury lawyers have the skills necessary to help you recover the highest compensation allowed by law.
To help your attorney develop the strongest case possible, you should follow each one of these steps:
1. SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT RIGHT AWAY: If you delay your medical treatment, you will jeopardize your health, and endanger your personal injury case. The longer you wait to undergo medical treatment, the more likely it is that an insurance company or jury will contend that you were not seriously injured. If the insurance company believes that you weren’t seriously injured, they will never fairly compensate you.
2. JOT DOWN DETAILED NOTES ABOUT HOW YOU WERE INJURED: Everyone’s memories fade over time. Therefore, it’s important for you to record your recollection of the accident at the earliest possible time. By writing down notes, you’re better able to refresh your memory and described what happened months after the incident.
3. FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE PROCESS: When you’re involved in an accident, there may be an insurance company involved. You initially start the process of a personal injury case by filing a claim and attempting to negotiate a deal with an insurance adjuster. There may be serious challenges, especially since insurers are reluctant to pay compensation to victims. If you can’t reach an agreement with the insurance company, the next stage is to file a lawsuit in court. The rules of law, statutes, and court procedures can be complicated. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we will send you an explanatory letter as soon as we file your lawsuit. You should carefully review that letter and contact a car accident lawyer at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC if you have any questions about it.
4. USE CAUTION IN CONVERSATIONS WITH AN INSURANCE COMPANY: Many people initially decide not to hire an attorney because they think that they can handle negotiations with the insurance company on their own. Don’t make that mistake. Insurance adjusters will act friendly towards you to learn any information that they can use to diminish the value of your claim. The more information you volunteer to them, the greater the risk that you will say something that might harm your case. You should always hire a personal injury attorney to communicate with the insurance company on your behalf.
5. KEEP RECEIPTS OF YOUR OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES: Some of the losses you suffer as the result of a personal injury accident are the costs you directly incur due to your injuries. You are entitled to be compensated for your medical expenses, treatments, medications, and other treatment that’s casually related to the collision. You should keep all of your receipts so that all of these expenses can be reimbursed.
6. DOCUMENT YOUR INJURIES’ IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE: You may also be entitled to recover compensation for your pain and suffering. Pain and suffering damages in Georgia are determined by the “enlightened conscience of a fair and impartial juror.” If that standard seems “clear as mud” to you, you’re right. It is highly subjective. However, if you journal about you daily level of suffering and diminished quality of life as a result of the accident, your journal entries can serve as powerful evidence at trial to prove your pain and suffering claim.
7. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER: The most important tip to building a strong personal injury case is to hire the best lawyer to represent you.