Although victims who suffer serious injuries in auto accidents have the right to legal representation when navigating the personal injury claim process, there are a number of steps they can take on their own to help make their experience and case successful.
At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin, we understand that serious injuries can make it difficult for victims and families to handle elements of their case, which is why we strive to address all their needs and legal work. However, there are a few simple things victims can do to make their legal journey a successful one. Below are a few tips:
- Provide as much information as you can – One of the best ways to ensure a successful accident claim experience is to provide your lawyer with the full story. Because you have attorney-client privilege, you should not be hesitant to share information you may think is unimportant, embarrassing, or an indication that you did something wrong. With the full set of facts, your attorney will have the information needed to guide their investigations and legal work. Failing to mention important details or all the facts can lead to not only wasted time, but also errors that jeopardize your case. Be detailed in discussing your accident and its aftermath, and provide any information or evidence you gathered on your own to your lawyer.
- Prioritize your medical treatment – Your health is always your top priority, which is why you should attend doctor appointments and follow recommendations. Not only will doing so aid you on your way to recovery, it can provide the documentation needed to prove your injuries in your case. Failing to attend treatment can be used by the defense when arguing that you were not really injured, even if you were in pain all along. It can also lead to future medical problems down the road, including complications and related medical issues for which you may have to pay yourself if they happen after your case is concluded.
- Watch what you say – Discussing your accident and injuries is inevitable, but be aware of what you say and to whom. For example, the at fault driver’s insurance company often contacts victims following accidents in order to have them make recorded statements (which you do not need to do). These are often tactics to get victims to say something that can be used against them, and ultimately reduce the amount of compensation they pay.
- Provide requested documents on time – Periodically throughout your case, your lawyer may request certain information or documentation from you. By keeping your records in order, you can provide them with the information they need in a timely fashion. This can aid them as they fight on your behalf and help avoid any potential delays.
- Be patient – Personal injury cases take time. From gathering information and collecting evidence to building arguments in your favor, your lawyer has a great deal of work to do. Additionally, your medical treatment becomes the most important factor in your case, which means that you will want to ensure you receive the treatment you need to make a full recovery, or recover as much as you can, before a case is finished. If you push to settle a case early, you risk receiving less compensation than you need, as well as being on the hook for any related issues that may arise in the future, including continued health problems tied to your injuries.
- Ask questions – Don’t be afraid to ask questions when they arise. Not only should a good lawyer keep you up to date on the progress of your case, they should explain your rights and address any concerns you have. If you feel that you wish to ask questions about seeking additional medical treatment, for example, you have every right and reason to discuss that with your attorney.
- Listen to your lawyer – When you choose to work with a personal injury attorney, you do so because they have knowledge and experience in matters you necessarily don’t. As such, you should trust your attorney to provide you with the counsel and information that will help secure the compensation you need. Cooperating with requests and heeding their advice can help avoid potential issues in your case, and strengthen it to its full potential.
Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin has gained a national reputation for fighting on behalf of the seriously injured in part because we prioritize our clients. Learn how our award-winning lawyers can help you take the right steps during your claim experience, and what we can do to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free case evaluation.