Whether you’re involved in a car accident, slip and fall, or another type of personal injury, you want to make sure you receive a fair settlement for your pain. Keep reading to learn several tips and tricks you can use to get the most out of your settlement.
Stay Off Social Media
In today’s society, most people don’t think twice about what they share on social media. Even though you think posting a picture or update on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram is harmless, defense attorneys will scour the internet looking for anything they can use in their case, including your posts on social media. They will try to use pictures or posts you put online as proof that your injury isn’t as severe as you claim it is. When you’re dealing with a personal injury lawsuit, your best bet is to stay off social media entirely.
Immediately Document All Evidence
When a personal injury case goes to trial, it’s up to you to provide enough evidence to prove your claim. Therefore, you need to document all the evidence possible as soon as your injury happens. This can include police reports, witness statements and contact information, and medical reports. You also want to take pictures of the accident scene, visible injuries, the defective premise or product, and your car and the car that hit you. Also, check the area for any video surveillance cameras that might have recorded the incident.
Keep a Diary of Your Injuries
If your personal injury lawsuit goes to trial, you’ll have to tell the jury how long you were in pain. Unfortunately, it could take months before the trial starts and your memory of how long your injuries lasted could start to fade. This could make your responses vague or inaccurate, which will hurt your credibility. Keep a daily log of your injuries and note things like muscle spasms, headaches, or other health issues caused by your injuries so you can give detailed and exact information.
Hire an Experienced Attorney
Hiring a personal injury attorney can help you navigate the complexities that come along with these cases. Attorneys typically specialize in certain areas of personal injury, so make sure you hire one who has experience with similar cases. Be sure your attorney has experience with taking cases to court instead of accepting any settlement to avoid the expense and time of trial. Additionally, before you sign a retainer agreement, make sure you know who will be handling your case and that you’re comfortable working with them.
Stay Under Doctor’s Care Until Released
Don’t stop going to your doctor simply because you feel better if he or she hasn’t released you yet. Only your doctor knows complications that can come from your injuries, and all the treatment you receive is strong evidence for your case. This also includes making sure you follow your doctor’s orders for any therapy, treatments, or tests.
If you’re looking to get the most out of your settlement for a personal injury claim, contact David W. Singer & Associates, P.A. for help with your case.