If you’re seriously injured and proceed with a personal injury lawsuit, there are certain things in your control and things that are not. Plaintiffs can take action to maximize the potential compensation they could receive from a personal injury case. The attorneys here at The Cartwright Law Firm are ready to help you with your claim today.
Gather and Preserve Evidence
The evidence is what a jury or judge will use to decide whether a personal injury case has merit. Insurance companies are more likely to settle where evidence is strong. The more evidence available, the more likely the plaintiff will receive fair compensation.
Some things you can do to help with the evidence in your case are;
- Take photos of where the accident occurred and the injuries sustained.
- Collect the names of witnesses along with their contact information.
- Get copies of any official reports of the incident.
Seek Immediate Medical Treatment
When you file suit, you are seeking monetary compensation for your injuries. Juries need to know what type of injuries you sustained. The plaintiff needs to see a medical professional as soon as possible, following their injuries. This provides documentation of the injury and the treatment received.
Follow your doctor’s treatment plan carefully. Get copies of all medical documentation. Get follow up treatment as needed.
Consider Future Needs
Some personal injuries cause long-term problems for a plaintiff. Some injuries may interfere with a person’s ability to work. Others may require treatment for many years into the future. It is important to identify what future needs may exist and make them part of the legal claim.
Talk with your doctors about any future needs you may have due to the injury. Have them provide documentation of these needs.
Time Is Not on Your Side
The state of California has a strict statute of limitations in regards to filing a personal injury lawsuit. Plaintiffs have two years from the date of the injury to file their suit. It is important to gather evidence and get the paperwork ready as soon as possible.
Make it a priority to gather evidence within a short time after the event. Don’t put off taking action.
Get Experienced Legal Advice
Insurance companies love to pressure people into settling for less than a claim is really worth. Before accepting any offer from an insurance company or individual, it is important to understand what type of compensation you are due. Speaking with an experienced attorney before talking to an insurance company (much less accepting a settlement offer) is critical to maximizing compensation.
Call The Cartwright Law Firm today to set an appointment. Our attorneys have the experience to help you achieve a favorable outcome on your personal injury claim.
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