If you have recently been in an accident or have been injured due to another's wrong doing, there are several ways you can help bolster your case. While you should consult a Personal Injury attorney as soon as possible, here are 5 tips to keep in mind in the meantime:
- Preserve the evidence-- this may seem obvious, but preserving evidence is key, especially if you have injuries that may not be visible years from the initial accident, when a trial is likely to take place. If you were in a car accident, take pictures of your car both close up and from farther away, including identifying marks of the intersection. Also, if you are taking pictures of an injury, take pictures of both the affected area by itself, and in relation to non-affected areas. This can help demonstrate things such as swelling, bumps, etc. Also, be sure to preserve any clothing that may have been a part of the accident.
- Keep a diary about everything-- at a minimum, keep track of doctor appointments, include the doctor's name and reason for the visit. Also, if you attend any physical therapy or other treatment for the injury, keep a note of that. Any additional detailed notes, such as days when you were feeling increased pain, etc. will all be helpful information for your attorney in preparing your case.
- Tell your lawyer about all of your past injuries and/or accidents--insurance companies have extensive databases, and given the fact that many of these companies offer policies across the country, the chances are that they will have records of your past accidents and/or injuries. Thus, it is critical that your attorney has all of the information necessary to building your case.
- Tell your doctor about past injuries or accidents--this is critical for two reasons. First, your doctor may not be able to treat you properly without all of the relevant information. Secondly, if your doctor is called as a witness, and the opposing party brings up a prior injury, which your doctor did not know about, the doctor's statements regarding your injury can be argued as attributable to past injuries, or your non-disclosure may be seen as fraudulent. Be as up front as possible.
- Do not talk to any insurance company unless your attorney is present-- aside from reporting the injury to your insurer, try not to give a statement to your insurer until you have retained counsel. If you do talk to your insurance company, be sure to keep track of what you told them. Injuries may not present themselves until later on, and if you didn't have the injury you are claiming when you initially gave your statement, you'll want to remember what has happened.
If you need help finding a Personal Injury Attorney, LawInfo.com has an extensive database of qualified Personal Injury Attorneys. You can perform a search either within your state or in the state where the accident occurred. You can also find helpful information regarding other Personal Injury topics.
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