Everything You Need to Know About Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
When you are trying to focus on recovering from your injuries, filing a personal injury lawsuit seems like a daunting task. Here at SteinLaw, we want to give you as much information as possible to help you achieve a good outcome, so we have put together a list of everything you should know about filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Important Steps to Take During a Personal Injury Case
Some of these steps may be more important if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident, but most of this information applies regardless of what caused your injuries.
Seek Medical Attention
Before you contact any lawyer or go to the police, seek medical attention. Even if you do not think your injuries are serious, visit the ER or a clinic to make sure you are okay. Seeking medical attention has another advantage. When you record any injuries you have, you can use them in your case.
Gather as Much Information as You Can
In order to sue the correct driver in a car accident, you need as much information as possible, including:
- The car make and model
- Car number
- License plate number
If you never got this information, see if the intersection or nearby businesses have security cameras.
Another helpful tip is reaching out to witnesses. Did anyone assist you after the accident? Was anyone with you during the accident? Even if they do not have information about the driver, their statements can help.
File a Police Report
After you gather this information, file a police report. Even if you don’t have all the necessary information, the police can often use their expert skills to track down the driver.
Your report could also give them a lead – let’s say another driver reported a hit and run and they provided more information. You are closer to knowing the assailant and bringing the driver to justice.
Keep Records of Costs
If you can file a police report, keep a list of any expenses as a result of the accident.
We mentioned previously that you should seek medical attention and keep reports of any injuries or a medical diagnosis. Other records to keep include vehicular damage and car insurance records.
Contact a Trusted, Experienced Florida Personal Injury Lawyer
Next, consult with a trusted, experienced Florida lawyer regarding the details of your case. The lawyer and their professional team will evaluate your case and help you determine whether there is negligence on the part of the other party involved; the extent, severity, and cost of your injuries based on your medical reports; and your legal options in seeking compensation for your injuries and losses.
Hiring a well-qualified lawyer provides you with the expertise and guidance needed for you to recover full, fair compensation including medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. Plus, an experienced lawyer can help you recover more than the minimum if you chose to handle the case on your own. For a free case evaluation, please contact SteinLaw today!
Limit Discussions About Your Case to Your Lawyer
Only discuss the details of your case with your lawyer, who is both your advocate and legal guide. Discussions with claims adjusters, defense lawyers, and other parties can result in miscommunication and may compromise your case. It is crucial for the outcome of your case to only discuss it with your lawyer and their legal team.
Ask Your Lawyer Questions
You should ask your lawyer any questions you have regarding your case. Whether you have questions about the next steps, how your case is progressing, or what you should expect, your lawyer will be able to help answer your questions.
Your lawyer knows the ins and outs of personal injury law and will thoroughly investigate your personal injury claim. From police reports to witness testimony, medical records to lost wages, your lawyer will plan your case based on the facts uncovered in the investigation and contact witnesses for statements.
Do Not Post on Social Media
Avoid posting any information regarding your case on social media, particularly when your personal injury case is pending. Why? Any information you post to social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere – can be used out of context by the at-fault party’s defense lawyer and claims adjusters to hurt your legal claim or damage your case.
Keep All Doctor Appointments
If you suffered injury or illness related to your personal injury case, you should keep all your doctor appointments and follow-ups. If you cancel or miss appointments, the at-fault party’s lawyer can use it against you, claiming your injury is not as severe as claimed or you are not doing all you can to recover. Always tell your physician about any symptoms and follow all medical advice related to your personal injury case.
Provide Only Basic Facts to the Insurance Company
Following an accident, you will likely be questioned by the insurance company regarding the incident. In most cases, those conversations will be recorded, making it important that you only provide the basics – name, address, date and time of accident/injury – and share the remainder of the details with your lawyer.
Good Qualities of a Personal Injury Lawyer
Healing and recovery from injuries can be a difficult road, and that is where personal injury lawyers come in, like the professionals at SteinLaw. With so many options, it is important to know the good qualities of a personal injury lawyer. What should you look for when deciding which lawyer to hire?
- Experience, specifically in personal injury law. A lawyer with 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer who recently switched to personal injury law does not have the same kind of experience as somebody who has focused solely on personal injury law.
- Qualifications, which include recommendations, testimonials, and references from past clients in addition to being licensed to practice law in Florida.
- Transparent payment expectations. You should discuss finances during your initial phone call to make sure there are no surprises down the road.
How Much Money Can I Get?
What exactly can the court award you in terms of financial help for your medical expenses? For personal injury and medical expenses, an injured party can only get funds for future medical expenses that are considered “reasonably certain” to occur. You might hear of people walking away with millions of dollars from a personal injury case, but this is not always the case.
For more information, schedule a free case evaluation with SteinLaw Injury Lawyers.
Contact the Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers at SteinLaw
If you have been injured in Florida, your first priority should be to get medical treatment. If you need legal guidance in filing and moving forward with your personal injury case, schedule your free case evaluation today with the professional legal team at SteinLaw to get the compensation you deserve.