When you hire a lawyer to represent you in your personal injury case, you are counting on him or her to use their skills, knowledge, and insight to handle your matter in a way that gives you the best chance of obtaining the compensation you deserve. While you are right to expect this from your lawyer, there are in fact things that you can do to help them do the job you’ve hired them to do.
Before and after you’ve taken the important step of selecting and retaining an experienced personal injury lawyer, here a four important ways you can help your case:
- Get Information and Evidence. Gathering as much information and evidence immediately after the accident can help preserve important details about the occurrence and can give your attorney a head start in assembling the evidence he or she will need to put on a strong case. Take pictures, get the names and contact information of any witnesses, and preserve any physical evidence you can.
- Don’t Delay Hiring a Lawyer. If you have any desire to seek justice or get the help you need to recover from your injuries, retaining a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident is crucial. Not only are there time limits for filing claims arising from your accident, some of which are extremely short, but memories fade, evidence disappears, and any insurance companies involved are already working on the case to find ways to avoid or minimize the amount they have to pay. Don’t give them that head start.
- Do NOT Negotiate or Enter into an Agreement with an Insurance Company. Insurance companies aren’t charities. They are there to make money, and one way they try to maximize their profitability is to resolve claims as quickly and cheaply as possible. They will want you to settle for significantly less than your claim is actually worth, and if you start to negotiate with them without your lawyer, you could be costing yourself significant amounts of money.
- Tell Your Lawyer Everything and Listen to Your Lawyer. Your lawyer is there to fight for you. In order to do that, he or she will need you to provide full and complete information about your accident and your injuries in order to thoroughly understand your case. Do not hold back anything; if there is information that you believe may hurt your case, it is even more important that you let your lawyer know that now because it will come out at some point. Everything you and your lawyer discuss is protected by the attorney-client privilege. Remember that. Also, if your lawyer asks you to see a doctor or take (or not take) any other steps they deem advisable, they are doing so for a reason. A good lawyer will explain what steps they need you to take and fully explain why those steps need to be taken.
Alan Welch Law: Experienced and Compassionate Brunswick Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured, please give me a call at (912) 265-9811 for a free consultation to discuss your situation. Together, we will figure out what happened, what we can do, and how we can take every possible step to bring you the comfort and compensation that can aid in your recovery.
This article has been prepared by J. Alan Welch Law for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.