7 Important Steps to Take During Your Personal Injury Case
When you’ve been injured in an accident, your first step should include getting the medical care you need for your injuries. Next, there are steps you should take to ensure your rights are protected and you get the compensation you deserve.
Every case is unique which often means you’ll need the guidance of a well-qualified personal injury lawyer who can tailor your case and walk you through the legal process to achieve the best possible results.
At SteinLaw, we’re here for you! Attorney Brandon Stein provides you here with seven important steps to take during your personal injury case:
1. Consult with a trusted, experienced lawyer.
When you are in an accident, always get the medical attention you need first. Next, consult with a trusted experienced 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 for your case 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!
2. Limit your discussions about your case to your lawyer.
You should only discuss the details of your case with your lawyer who is both your advocate and legal guide. Often discussion with claims adjusters, defense lawyers, and other parties in your case can result in miscommunication and even compromise your case. It is crucial for the outcome of your case to only discuss your case with your lawyer and their legal team.
3. Feel free to ask your lawyer questions.
Any questions you have regarding your case should be asked of your lawyer. Whether you have questions about 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 investigate your personal injury claim thoroughly. 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 as well as contact witnesses for statements to answer any question you have.
4. Do not post on social media.
You should 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.
5. 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 aren’t doing all you can to recover. Always tell your physician about any and all symptoms, sharing important information regarding the injury. Also, follow all medical advice related to your personal injury case.
6. Provide only basic facts of the case 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.
7. Fight for full and fair compensation.
In a personal injury case, insurance companies work to get you to settle for the lowest compensation. Often settling quickly results in loss compensation in a settlement considerably less than the actual worth of your case. Your lawyer should be prepared to go to trial to ensure your rights are protected and you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses. Fortunately, at SteinLaw we do just that for our clients!
What to Expect From Your Lawyer During Your Personal Injury Case
Once your lawyer has investigated the details of your personal injury case, a demand package will be sent to the opposing party. This package will include a demand letter explaining the case, as well as any liability and damages. The opposing party will accept the demand, reject it, or make a counteroffer.
Your lawyer will then respond, continuing to seek an appropriate settlement while continuing to prepare for your trial. If a suitable settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer will, at your direction, file your personal injury lawsuit to protect your rights and get you the compensation needed. During the trial, your lawyer and legal team will present your case in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Once all the evidence is presented by both parties, the judge or jury will then analyze the facts, determine who is at fault, and potentially award damages.
Getting the Guidance You Need for Your Personal Injury Case
If you have been injured, your first priority should be to get the needed medical treatment for your injuries. 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.