2) Proper medical treatment
3) Choosing the right Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal Injury trials are won and lost in preparation. The term winning and losing does not necessarily mean that you get zero. But if you are awarded by a jury or settle for $50,000.00 when your case is worth $450,000.00, that should be considered a loss.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit and the process to follow is very intimidating for most people and for most lawyers. If a lawyer is hesitant to file suit and more importantly to take the case to trial, then you hired the wrong lawyer. However, even the best lawyers need client’s who are honest, diligent, and willing to trust their lawyer to receive the best possible outcome.
Below are some tips to help you with winning your Personal Injury Case.
1) Document Everything
First, document everything the exact way it happened. That means writing it down and taking picture initially. After the initial accident, it is a good idea for victims to keep diaries or journals of their daily activities, medical treatment, mood, limitations, and pains. Since it can take months and even years to go to trial and tell your story, the details of agony and pain can be lost. Keeping a journal will help you remember how you felt days, weeks, and months after the accident and the parts of life you missed as a result.
Take photos of your vehicle. As important, take photos of your injuries. Swelling and bruising can disappear over time. It is imperative to have pictures of the seatbelt marks across your chest or the bruise on the side of your face. This is the evidence you want the jury to see and without proper documentation, that evidence can be lost.
Keep track of all medical appointments and prescriptions. Keep receipts of bills paid and costs incurred in treating your injuries.
There has never been a victim that had too much evidence. Though it may not all be relevant, when pieced together with the entire story of your accident and injury, those small pieces of evidence help to illustrate your ordeal.
2) Medical Treatment
No one wants to go to doctor’s appointments and follow up visits. These can interfere with our kids, our work schedules, and in some people’s minds inhibit their ability to move on from the accident.
It’s important to remember that when you are hurt or hurting, get medical treatment. Medical documentation and records are the tools used to show the extent and nature of your injuries. Doctors know what they are talking about when they tell you to go to therapy for five weeks. It’s more than a suggestion, its what is needed for you to get better. Too often client’s get aggravated and start to “feel better” after short treatment then quit. Three weeks later they are back in pain because they didn’t follow through with their treatment.
Simply stated, when you are injured, seek medical attention and follow the instructions of your doctor. Without proper documentation and medical records, proving the extent of the injuries is nearly impossible.
3) Choose Your Attorney
When choosing the right attorney, make sure the attorney handles injury cases. Ask the attorney about their strategies and action plan. Ask them about their experience and ask for references. Most importantly, make sure that when you hire an attorney you feel comfortable with them personally, that you trust them, and that you have the confidence in them to stand before a jury and represent you.
Ask them how many clients they have to find out if they have time to devote to your case. Don’t forget to consult reviews and testimonials, either!
Your Injury Lawsuit
Your injury case is yours. If you take the steps to document and seek medical attention and treatment, you did your part. Now you need the right attorney to win your case.
That’s where we come in. At Dufresne Law Firm, we are personal injury lawyers and can help you get the answers you need. We are TRIAL LAWYERS who deliver results. Our clients have trust and confidence that we will protect them. Get in touch today to talk specifics.