5 Ways to Improve Your Personal Injury Case Outcome
Personal injury cases are complicated and emotional. Wondering whether you’ll get the compensation you deserve. Stressing about medical treatment. And wondering how the insurance company is going to try to get out of paying you for your pain and suffering. So many aspects of a personal injury case feel like they happen to you and that you have zero control over these factors. In actuality, you can do something to help yourself. Here are five ways you can impact the outcome of your case and improve your financial compensation.
Document. Document. Document. Keep track of medical records, fees for services, repair costs, lost work time and myriad other ways your personal injury has impacted your life. Documentation of medical records and services can illustrate the extent of your injuries. Additionally, if you have documentation from prior to your accident showing that these injuries are in fact new, that’s also helpful. Keep track of lost time at work and lost income. Any documentation you can collect will be helpful in building your case and getting you the recovery you deserve. While most claims will settle out of court, a qualified Dallas personal injury attorney will prepare your case as if it’s going all the way to the court room. Careful documentation throughout the process will improve your case outcome and actually help keep you from having to go through expensive and time-consuming litigation. Our Dallas legal team will advise you on how to keep records.
Preserve evidence. Whether you received your injuries from a car wreck, a premises liability case such as a slip and fall accident or even a medical malpractice, document and preserve evidence of the accident scene, your injury and any related elements. Several years ago, I was T-boned in an intersection and was so dazed and shocked by the whole incident that I forgot to take photos of the accident scene. Don’t be like me. Even though I had years of experience with these types of cases, I forgot this crucial step. If you’ve been severely injured, it may be difficult to take photos of the crash scene yourself. If possible, have a family member or friend take photos for you.
Don’t delay filing your case. In Texas, you have two years to file a personal injury claim, but the sooner you do it, the better off you’ll be. Many people wait to file because they think their injuries will simply get better over time or they are unaware of the extent of injuries right away. Things may get better, but if not, you’re dealing with months of pain and suffering when you should have been getting treatment and getting the compensation you deserve. In some instances, the window of time for filing may be much shorter. Insurance companies go to work right away investigating every aspect of a crash to limit the amount of recovery they pay out to an injured person.
Stay off social media. Insurance companies and their defense teams have access to social media, too. Defense teams will use anything and everything they can find to discredit your claim and pursuit of recovery. We’ve seen plenty of examples of social media posts that were used against claimants to illustrate that perhaps their injuries weren’t as extensive as they describe. Even if that skydiving photo you wanted to share is from years before your injury, refrain from posting it and giving the insurance company a way to claim that you must not be injured. There is no need to go back and scrub your social media profile, but do refrain from posting new content until the conclusion of your personal injury case.
Honesty is the best policy. Some claimants have past injuries and fear that these injuries may be used to claim that their current injury isn’t severe or that the most recent accident was not the cause. Your Dallas legal team will explain those past injuries and set you up for success, but we can’t do that if you aren’t open with us. We also recommend against exaggerating your injuries. Simply put, the more straightforward you are with us, the better success we will have on your behalf.
No matter what injury you are suffering from, a case evaluation by a Dallas personal injury team will help ease your mind. We can help. Call us to discuss how we can help you maximize your compensation and improve the outcome of your personal injury case.