Have you been injured in an accident? Are you wondering what you can do to help prepare your legal case? Here are the key actions you should take to help maximize your compensation in a personal injury case:
Seek Medical Treatment and Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Providing clear documentation about any injuries suffered in an accident is critical for your case. Medical professionals will analyze your condition, give a diagnosis, and provide an appropriate treatment plan. Make sure you have a written copy of any medical test results and plans. Then, follow the treatment plan including taking prescribed medications and showing up for all medical and therapy appointments.
Keep track of both prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as medical devices or equipment used after the injury. Keep all receipts and containers. Keep a list of all physicians and therapists, their phone numbers, and addresses.
Make sure you communicate with your healthcare team and your attorney about any pre-existing conditions or injuries.
Personal injury cases have statutes of limitation. Consequently, you should file your case as soon as possible so that you have the best chance to properly build your case within the time limit. Filing quickly also sends a message to others that you take this case seriously – and so should they.
While filing your case quickly is important, settling the case may require patience. It may not be in your best interest to settle the case quickly as it may take time to properly build your case, obtain all the evidence, and negotiate a fair settlement.
Gather Strong Evidence
The strength of your legal case will be based on the evidence. Accordingly, the stronger your evidence, the better chance you have of getting a fair settlement for your case. After you’ve sought medical attention for any injuries, take photos of the scene, jot down notes about what happened and who was involved, and get names and contact information of witnesses or people you spoke with after the incident. In order to strengthen your case, you may need expert witnesses. The stronger your case, the better chance you have to maximize your compensation after an accident.
Consider Future Damages
If you are not recovered from your injuries before the case goes to trial, you should consider current and future medical expenses. You may need input from medical experts in order to put together accurate estimates.
Insurance companies have been known to hire private investigators to determine the extent of your injuries. Do not discuss your case nor your injuries with strangers – or anyone besides health care professionals and your attorney. Be aware that private investigators may try to trick you into doing something (i.e.: picking up a package) that is contraindicated for your condition.
Communicate with Care
Be careful with your communications. If you are claiming injuries but are writing about, talking about, or posting images on social media that may tell a different story, you could hurt your case.
A reputable attorney can help you obtain fair and appropriate compensation for your personal injury. Starting with gathering evidence, an experienced attorney will help build your case, navigate the legal system, and help you present yourself in the best light.
If you or your loved ones were injured in an accident, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. may be able to help. Contact us at (954) 428-9333 or www.goldmandaszkal.com.
Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida. The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work. Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury. For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.
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