It is easy to get a low compensation for your personal injury. In fact, claimants often go home without getting compensated at all. This usually happens because they make significant errors when approaching the case. So how can you make sure you win your personal injury case?
Collect all Available Evidence
Gathering proof from the scene of the accident will help you win an appropriate compensation amount. You should take pictures and videos of the area where the accident occurred. The photographs should be taken from different angles. That way, you can capture the details of the accident better. If possible, you should find CCTV footage of the accident.
It is also necessary to write down details of the accident, including the contacts of all witnesses. This information should be noted down as soon as possible. Otherwise, you are likely to forget crucial details of the event.
You should not drive off after collecting this information. If the accident is serious enough to warrant the involvement of the police, you need to wait for them to arrive and collect the information they need. Only then can you leave the scene. In some cases, you may face criminal charges for driving off early. Also, it makes you look like you were at fault and attempting to flee the area, and this might hurt your case.
As part of the evidence, you should visit the doctor to get medical reports that can be presented to the jury. Even if you feel perfectly fine, you should go to the hospital for a check-up. Sometimes, the injuries manifest later on. Failing to see the doctor right away may make the defense downplay your injuries.
All expenses resulting from the injury should be recorded. This also includes the lost wages and benefits.
Don’t Take the First Offer
It is standard practice for the insurance company to offer you an amount of money as compensation. Usually, this is very low and is meant to take advantage of your impatience. With a good lawyer, you can get a much higher compensation by going through the courts. You can settle the matter directly with the insurance company, but make sure an excellent lawyer is there to negotiate on your behalf. This is especially important if the settlement is beyond a few thousand dollars. You should also never sign any document without first presenting it to your attorney.
It is equally important to make sure you don’t negotiate with the other driver. Most importantly, you shouldn’t apologize for the accident. The defense can use this against you in court and turn the case around, forcing you to pay for the damages. When giving information to the police, you should still avoid making statements that point to you as the cause of the accident. You simply need to state the facts and let them investigate the case.
Be Accurate and Consistent with Your Medical Information
Everyone should get a similar story about your medical condition. Your medical history should also be disclosed. All the symptoms resulting from the injury must be described in detail and should be recorded by your doctor. The jury should be informed of any pre-existing medical condition that was worsened by the accident. Failing to present information truthfully might make you lose the favor of the jury, and this could make you get poor compensation.
In addition, you should follow your doctor’s advice to the letter. For example, if you are advised to avoid working out for a certain period, you should not go ahead and injure yourself further by going to the gym. In case the jury discovers that you went against the advice of your doctor, your injuries may not be taken seriously.
Injuries resulting from accidents can lead to very high medical costs. This can cause severe financial strain, especially if you have to stay out of work for some time. In order to maintain your lifestyle and still take care of your health, it is important to seek compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies pull many tricks to avoid paying a fair amount of money for the damages. You should follow the tips listed above in order to make sure you get compensated fairly.