Having an accident is one of the things in life that causes real stress and anxiety. Not only that, but it can leave us with serious injuries that prevent us from earning a living. Not being able to work for elongated periods of time will leave us in a sticky situation if we have bills to pay so if possible, receiving compensation is the best way to financially survive these tough times. We can do so by hiring a lawyer to help us build a case and represent us in court if needed. It’s important to have a basic understanding of the law and what a lawyer can do for you to help you win, here we take a look at a few tips to help you win your injury case.
Firstly, we should mention that you should never, under any circumstance, admit liability for an accident. This is the first thing that will get your case thrown out without a second look. Wait until you have a legal professional to represent you before making any claims or accusing anyone, not understanding certain gray areas of the law could come back and haunt you later down the line.
Having a lawyer by your side in these situations is invaluable and will help you without question. Not only will they represent you in court if your case gets that far, but they will also help you understand your legal rights, which is something that we need to know if we are going to be successful. Being able to ask questions and receive direct answers will assist you in understanding and the building of your lawsuit. A well thought out and revised case, with evidence and a legal plan is one that will have a far greater chance of winning than if you were to try and represent yourself.
Maybe the most important aspect of your case, the evidence is your legal bread and butter that will prove everything you need to win a case. When you’re at the scene of your accident, you should gather as much evidence as you can whilst preserving it so the police can investigate if necessary. Things to include when gathering evidence are:
- Draw a diagram – this is helpful when reciting what happened to a police officer if they come to investigate the scene.
- Take photos – a picture tells a thousand words and in this case, it does. Take as many photos of the scene as you can and make sure you get every detail. You don’t want to lose your case because you didn’t take one photo.
- Attain information – you should always get the information of everyone else involved in the crash. This could bring up some valuable information that will help your case, but it’s also good to practice as your insurance company will require it for any auto insurance claims.
- Police report – if the police have been called to the scene of your accident, then they have a legal obligation to file a report within 24 hours. More often than not this proves very helpful in a court of law.
You should always bring as much medical evidence to your case as possible, get your general practitioner’s diagnosis and try and get a second opinion. This will help you in your case and shows the extent of your injuries. If you can prove that your injury is more severe than the accident lets on then you will have a greater chance of landing more compensation.
Some people will try and hide certain aspects of their accident because they think it will be detrimental to their case, but the reality is if you hide anything it will do more damage than good. You should be as informative as you can to your lawyer and hide nothing even if you think it’s bad. An attorney will be able to help through all situations, even if they reflect negatively on you, after all, it’s their job to help you win and it will always be in their best interests as the majority work on a no win no fee basis.
This is a tip for anyone going through a personal injury lawsuit, never talk about it on any form of social media. This will reflect you in a negative light and will often end in your case being thrown out. Insurance companies scour your social media posts to try and disprove the fact that your claim is as serious as you say it is.
Going through a lawsuit is a stressful ordeal and you should trust the professionals you hire every step of the way. Build a strong case with the help of your attorney and you’ll have a much better chance of winning. Gather as much evidence as possible and stay sensible, insurance companies and opposing parties don’t want to pay out any money so they will try every trick in the book to avoid that eventuality. Lastly, don’t be scared of going to court, over 90% of all cases don’t go that far, but if you have to stay strong and trust in the case you have built.