Personal injury is an area of the law that deals with any physical or psychological harm caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions of other entities or individuals. In a personal injury lawsuit, the person who was affected seeks compensation for the harm caused.
Read on to learn how to maximize your compensation and the importance of preserving evidence for a personal injury claim.
Providing All Required EvidenceEvidence is the backbone of any personal injury claim. This component is used to establish fault, causation, damages, and liability. Evidence in a personal injury claim can be divided into two (2) categories: direct and circumstantial evidence.
For instance, direct evidence can include collecting medical records, taking photographs of the scene, and gathering eyewitness testimonies. On the other hand, you also want to collect circumstantial evidence, including leads or facts that could corroborate the victim’s testimony.
The span of time for collecting evidence is rather short. It is important to gather and preserve as much evidence as possible, and to seek an experienced personal injury attorney right away. The longer you wait, the harder it can be to preserve crucial evidence.
The Importance of Keeping Track of Medical Bills and RecordsDetailed documentation of medical bills and records establishes damages for the personal injury case. These include physician's notes, treatment records, medical test results, prescription details, and therapy sessions. Keeping track of these can significantly influence the compensation value during the negotiation process or in court.
These records provide substantial evidence that can corroborate your claim on the following:
- The extent and nature of your injuries
- The treatments you have received
- The impact of the injury on your quality of life and everyday routine
Highlighting the Impact on Your LifeBeyond the physical injuries, it is equally important to illustrate the ways in which this incident has altered your life. You might have records showcasing loss of income due to extended periods of work leave or evidence of emotional distress like doctor-prescribed therapy or counselor sessions.
Documentation of any changes in your lifestyle because of the injury, such as needing household help for tasks you could previously manage independently, or narratives about how your relationships have been affected, can all emphasize the personal cost of the incident.
Navigating the Claim Process with a Personal Injury LawyerA personal injury lawyer plays an important role in managing and navigating the claim process in your favor. These seasoned professionals specialize in dealing with these cases and understand the ins and outs of the law, ensuring you secure the most favorable outcome. They can help by doing the following:
- Evaluating the case thoroughly to establish its merits and potential value
- Identifying additional parties who may also be liable.
- Ensuring all necessary paperwork is filed correctly to avoid technicalities that may compromise your case.
- Using strategic negotiation tactics, the lawyer can fight to maximize your compensation without the need for court proceedings.
- If settlement talks are not successful in the pre-litigation of the claim, your attorney should be able to file suit and advocate for you in court to ensure the maximum recovery of your claim.
Pursuing a personal injury case can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, Sherwood Law Group has the resources and legal help available to support you every step of the way. Contact us now to get proper advice tailored to your specific situation and to understand how to preserve witnesses, evidence, and all your legal rights during and in pursuit of a personal injury claim.