Personal injury cases are complex lawsuits that often involve heartache, disappointment, frustration, and of course, injury. When filing a personal injury case, you want to do everything you can to increase the chance of reaching a favorable settlement. Following are our 5 tips for reaching a favorable settlement.
1) Document all Medical Attention
This is one of our most important tips. The more documentation you have, the better. After an accident, you should always receive immediate medical attention, even if you don’t initially feel any pain. Adrenaline often masks injuries following an accident. As the injured party in the accident, you may be obliged to “mitigate your losses” by receiving medical attention as well.
2) Keep Accurate Documentation of Expenses
Any costs that are incurred as a result of your accident need to be documented. This could include the costs of commuting back and forth between the hospitals, bills from property damage, or medical bills. The more proof you have of expenses, the better.
3) Contact an Attorney Promptly
Again, time matters when filing a personal injury suit. The faster you can contact an experienced personal injury attorney the better. They can start building your case immediately. They can also guide you through your interactions with law enforcement officials and insurance agents.
4) Understand before you Sign
Do not sign any forms or documents unless you fully understand them. Your signature has real power. Signing the wrong thing could have major implications. Ask questions and seek help when presented documents to sign. Read over them carefully, do not skim.
5) Put Yourself First
Your health and well being should always be your primary concern following an accident. If you decided to retain the services of an attorney, you should hire one that keeps that in mind. If you have any questions regarding personal injury cases, we encourage you to call us at Hastings & Hastings. We always put our clients first and do everything we can to fight for the rights of accident victims.