The success of your personal injury claim may rest on your personal actions as well as on the guidance of a personal injury attorney. So, whatever you can do to ensure things progress as they should and as you expect them to will be of great help to your case. This means that your personal record-keeping and organization of the details and the paperwork can have a significant impact on what you end up recovering.
To get you started, here are five tips and tricks you should embark upon as soon as possible:
Become your own record-keeping clerk
There is no need for you to incur unnecessary expenses with everything else that you are dealing with at this time. A simple box with some folders to hold all the paperwork should do the trick. Label each folder to hold the corresponding papers. Do you have medical bills and records? Get a folder for that. Property damage expenses? Photographs and witnesses’ testimonies from the day the accident took place? Correspondence from insurance companies? Only you can know which folders you will need, but keeping all paperwork at hand is an absolute necessity.
Find a quiet, private corner to keep your records
Don’t allow other family members to place miscellaneous papers and other articles in your filing box. Instill in them the importance of keeping your filing system intact (you don’t want to find a grocery list on the back of an important medical bill!).
Start right away
You may be convinced that the accident caused you so much pain and suffering that you will never forget a single detail of what happened that day. But traumatic experiences may not go hand in hand with clear thinking! Search pockets, purses, and bags for any papers related to your injury and get started filing them all.
Stay away from social media
You may think that by posting an image of your injuries on social media, you are helping your case and gathering sympathy. However, you need to be aware that there have been plenty of cases where defendants have been known to misrepresent social media messages, posts, and images to minimize the plaintiff’s injuries. Also, if the next posting in your account shows you running along a beach or going about your daily activities as if nothing is wrong you know the story that might be woven with these two pieces of information: you are clearly on the mend and are doing just fine. Before posting anything, imagine it is the defendant who you are showing this image to.
Call a personal injury lawyer
Becoming your own personal assistant may not be possible if your injuries are severe enough to cause you to live in pain or require constant medical attention. If this is your case, please concentrate on following medical advice and recovering from your injuries.
Place your case in the hands of an experienced personal injury lawyer that will work for you and make sure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. Be completely accurate and truthful with your lawyer. They will be able to help you more fully if they are aware of both the strengths and weaknesses of your case. If you need help managing your claim, contact a personal injury lawyer today to receive a free case evaluation.