From slip-and-falls to vehicle accidents, people across the country are injured every single day. In some cases, injured victims make the choice to file a lawsuit in an attempt to recover damages. If you have recently been injured in an accident and are considering a lawsuit, here are three tips to help ensure that you are able to recover due compensation:
1. Keep Every Piece of Documentation You Have.
Documentation is vital in your personal injury claim. You need to record any information that you can about the accident as well as your injuries. This is true even after the accident. You need to maintain adequate records of your symptoms, how and when they change, frequency of pain, location of injuries, etc. Don't forget to also take photographs of your injuries, including swelling, bruising, lacerations, etc.
Retain copies of all of your medical records. If they didn't give them to you, ask for them. Keep receipts for everything, including transportation costs to and from your medical appointments and household cleaning services because you can't perform daily chores any longer. No matter how small you think it is, it is important to keep it because you never know what may help you win your claim or get a larger settlement.
2. Stay True to Medical Treatment Plan.
Following an accident, it is likely that your doctor will recommend a course of treatment for you. This may be seeing a physical therapist a few times a week or simply visiting him or her once a week. Whatever the case may be, it is critical that you maintain all of your appointments and never stray from the treatment plan that has been recommended for you. Otherwise, the defendant may be able to argue that your injuries aren't nearly as serious as you assert that they are. Feel free to seek a second opinion, if you must, but you need to maintain your regular treatment while doing so.
3. Be Patient and Avoid the Temptation to Settle.
A settlement (in or out of court) is not going to occur overnight no matter how much you wish it would. Personal injury lawsuits take time to settle and conclude. You will likely become frustrated, and that's normal. However, you need to avoid that temptation that you feel in your gut to accept a lowball offer. Once you settle, there is no going back. Therefore, you need to get the maximum monetary damages that you are entitled to.
For more information, contact Dallas Laird or another personal injury lawyer.