After sustaining injuries in an accident, you may not know what to do in order to be compensated for your medical bills or loss of income if you cannot immediately return to work.
If the accident was due to carelessness or negligence, like not repairing cracks in the floor or not receiving proper treatment from a doctor, then you may have a case for filing a personal injury claim.
Here are some steps you should take to help an attorney win your case so that you receive the compensation to which you’re entitled.
Keep All Records
After seeking treatment, it is important to keep any medical records you receive. They are proof of the injuries you sustained, and they can help determine how much compensation you should receive.
Also, keep the police report if it was a motor vehicle accident. It can help establish fault if the other driver’s insurance carrier tries to get you to settle for a low offer or denies your claim.
When you’re describing the injuries and your medical history, do not lie. This is important, so be honest and consistent whenever you’re answering questions about the accident and your medical history.
When describing your symptoms, be as accurate and descriptive as possible because it can help the doctor diagnose your injuries. Whether it is with multiple doctors, an attorney, or an insurance company, always be completely honest.
Don’t Take the First Offer
Although it may be tempting, especially if you’ve been out of work due to your injuries, do not take the first settlement offer you receive. Most insurance carriers will try to get you to accept a low settlement to close the claim.
However, if there are complications or you need further treatments, then you could end up paying for them out of pocket. Instead, consult with a lawyer about filing a claim to receive compensation for your damages.
Hire an Attorney
Many people do not retain an attorney when they’ve had an accident at a place of business or haven’t received the proper treatment from a doctor. They try to deal with the insurance companies themselves, and they may settle for low offers.
If you’ve been injured and feel the insurance company’s settlement offer was too low, you should hire a personal injury attorney, especially if any of the following applies:
- The compensation you’re seeking is more than a few thousand dollars.
- If you’re asking for compensation for future damages, such as loss of income or further medical treatments.
- If there is a question of fault regarding your claim.
When discussing how your injuries happened and their extent, an attorney will tell you if you have a good case and whether they will take it.
Get Everything in Writing
Whether it is a settlement offer from an insurance company or a contract with your attorney, get a copy of everything in writing. Along with helping you prove any offers you receive or the amount you’ll owe your lawyer if you win the case, it can help you better understand the case.
Personal injury cases can be complicated, but by following these tips, you can help your attorney win your case and get the compensation you need while recovering from your injuries.