Car accidents can be life-changing and in the worst of ways. Luckily, you can recover damages for accidents caused by another person. While no amount of compensation can bring back what an accident takes away from the victim, it can help alleviate some challenges that come in the aftermath of an accident.
So if you intend to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party, you must ensure that you get everything right. Below are tips to help you maximize your case’s outcome.
- Seek Medical Attention
After a high-impact accident, the brain triggers the release of adrenalin, a fight and flight hormone that tends to mask pain, meaning you may not feel pain even when your injuries are severe.
Also, some injuries take longer to show, so it is always important to seek medical attention after a high-impact accident. If someone else is to blame for the accident, the need to see a doctor goes a notch higher because the medical records will be critical when filing a claim.
- Gather Evidence at the Scene
Scene documentation can help capture the scene before it is tampered with, thus providing critical evidence in your case. Scene documentation can involve taking photos and video footage of the scene and your injuries.
If you can, document the scene as you await help. If you are severely injured, you have somebody do it for you. This evidence becomes critical in reconstructing the events leading up to the accident and determining liability.
While at the scene, you may also want to gather witness testimonies and contacts and, more importantly, the other driver’s contact and insurance information.
- Keep off Social Media
Social media is the one place almost everyone goes to when they are having a good or a bad day. Keeping off social media may be the best idea if you recently got involved in an accident.
In most cases, the at-fault insurer and lawyers will search your social media accounts for anything they can use to deny or lower the value of your claim.
Even the most innocent posts can get you in trouble. For example, you could post photos of yourself at a party days after the accident.
While being at a party cannot negate the fact that you suffered injuries, the other side can use your being at a party as proof that your injuries weren’t as bad. As a precaution, it is best to stay off social media until your case is done.
- Do Navigate the Claim on Your Own
Having a lawyer in your case can increase your chances of getting fair compensation by up to five times. So it makes perfect economic sense to have one in your case.
Besides a lawyer’s track record, their geographical region of practice should also be a factor to consider when choosing a lawyer. For example, if a car accident occurred in Tampa, you would be better off working with a lawyer with offices in Tampa.
Working with a local law firm means they will be easily accessible, have better insight into local laws, and are familiar with the local judicial and court administration staff.
- Listen to Your Lawyer
An accident can be very challenging financially. Unfortunately, the opposing side knows your vulnerability and can want to use it to their advantage.
One tactic used by insurers is presenting victims with unsolicited offers. Often, this offer is a bad deal, and taking it can mean losing out on what you deserve. The best approach is to direct all negotiations to your lawyer.
Sometimes your lawyer could reject an offer that you feel was good enough. Even then, it would be best if you let them do what they feel is best for your claim. Remember, their pay depends on whether they win, so they may not take chances if they aren’t sure of getting a better outcome.