If someone else causes you a serious injury, chances are you will feel wrong. Many injury victims feel that they are entitled to large sums of money from the person who hurt them. In many cases, this is absolutely true. However, it’s important to remember that there are a lot of factors that go into determining the value of a personal injury claim. The more you understand how a case is valued, the more you can take steps to improve your case. Ultimately, there are a few key things you can do to maximize your chances of success and improve the outcome of your case, whether it’s an auto accident, slip, and fall, or medical error case.
Document the Facts of your Accident
If you are in a car accident, you’ll want to take photographs of the vehicles, your injuries, the scene, and anything else that could help to prove that the other driver was in the wrong. Proving liability, however, is just the first step. Next, you must prove that the crash actually caused you a direct injury. This is going to require competent and high-quality medical care.
Get Immediate Medical Attention
The sooner you get to the hospital or a doctor’s office for emergency treatment, the better your chances are of documenting the injury and proving that your condition is directly related to the crash. If you wait weeks to get medical care, any defendant or insurance company is going to jump at the chance to argue that your injuries were minor or that you must have suffered some other intervening event. In short, immediately seek medical attention for your injuries.
Follow Your Doctor’s Recommendations
Research published in the British Journal of General Practice shows that neck and back pain can take months or even years to fully resolve. In many cases, residual pain can last a lifetime. If your physician puts you off work for a week and tells you not to lift more than 10 pounds, take it seriously. Many insurance companies use surveillance to track claimants to see if they are “faking” injuries. You don’t want to claim a serious back injury and be caught lifting weights at the gym. More importantly, though, if you were to re-injure yourself and incur thousands of dollars in medical expenses, the insurance company could now claim that the failure to follow your medical treatment recommendations was the real cause of your injuries. This could destroy your case.
Be Honest With Your Colorado Attorney
If you represent yourself, you need to carefully consider if you have any weaknesses to your case. If you have an attorney, be open and honest about any pre-existing injuries or medical conditions. The insurance company will be pouring over your past records, so if you had a back injury the prior year, it is going to come up. You should always discuss these issues with your attorney so you can be prepared to deal with any arguments the insurance company may raise.
Do Not Speak to Insurance Representatives Without Your Lawyer
The most important thing you can do is seek experienced legal representation right away. Never speak to an insurance adjuster until you’ve first talked to an attorney about your case. You have a right to be represented by counsel. At Springs Law Group, we are committed to helping injury victims recover compensation for their injuries. We take on the insurance companies so you don’t have to. Call today to schedule a free initial case evaluation.