Most personal injury cases are settled out of court, though those that do go to court can be challenging. Here are several simple things you can do to help your personal injury case and improve the chances of a successful resolution, be it a settlement or a court hearing.
Keep Track of Injury Progression
The first thing you can do is to grab a notebook and begin recording the progression of your or your loved one’s injury. This journal will help demonstrate the extent of injuries and enable your attorney to fight for sufficient restitution.
In the journal entries, make sure to include details such as:
- The date;
- Pain level;
- Notes about how the injury affected or restricted activity;
- Doctor’s recommendations and prognosis notes;
- Medical appointments; and
- Emotional and mental state regarding the injury.
You’ll want to be accurate, detailed and honest in your journal. It’s important not to omit important information, but not to exaggerate, either. Your attorney may ask for this journal to help support your case, so try to keep it up-to-date.
Avoid Social Media
Many people don’t realize it, but social media can damage a personal injury case. Posts, comments, photos and status updates all can be used against you in court.
One of the primary ways this comes into play is when the defense argues someone’s claims of injury or disability, and how much it affects the victim’s life. If the victim’s Facebook page shows lots of pictures of him or her on trips or happily engaged in physical activities, the defense may use this to discredit claims of disability.
Your best bet is just to avoid social media altogether until your lawyer informs you that it’s safe. If you insist on maintaining your accounts, avoid posting anything disparaging or anything that discredits your injuries to avoid wrecking your claim. You’ll also want to be mindful of your friend list because anything you are tagged in also can be discoverable in a case.
Communicate with Your Attorney
One of the most valuable things you can do for your accident injury claim is to maintain a good working relationship with your attorney. When your lawyer asks you for information or documentation, do your best to deliver it as soon as possible. The less procrastination on everyone’s part, the quicker your case will be resolved.
Likewise, when you have questions regarding your case, make sure to vocalize your needs and concerns to your attorney. He or she should make the time to address your concerns and provide answers as your legal adviser. If something in your situation changes, e.g., your injury progresses or you receive a new prognosis, make sure to keep your attorney posted.
Working as team with your attorney and the firm’s staff will be instrumental to your case.
Legal Counsel for Your Personal Injury Case
If you need to file an accident injury claim, your first directive will be to find an experienced attorney who can meet your needs. Consider 24/7 Injury Law as your firm of choice. We have the knowledge, skills, experience and resources necessary to handle any type of personal injury case, from car accidents to cruise ship injuries.
Contact 24/7 Injury Law at (561) 253-0434 today and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.