Whether you were involved in a car accident or slip and fall incident, if you suffered an injury due to the negligent and reckless actions of another party, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit with the help of an experienced lawyer. However, the process of filing a personal injury claim can be extremely complex and there are certain things you can do to jeopardize your case.
To help you gain a better understanding of the proceedings and to ensure the maximum amount in your settlement, the following are five things all attorneys wish their clients knew:
- California is a “comparative negligence” state. One of the main influences in your case is the degree of fault of each party involved. If you wish to bring a claim against another party, you must determine whether you are less at fault than they are. For example, if a jury decides that you are 50% or more at fault for the accident, you will walk away with nothing.
- Document and preserve your evidence. One of the first things you will be asked is if you have any evidence – such as photos or videos – from the time of the accident. These examples are typically the best kind of evidence you can provide. Ensure to photograph the cause of your injury, the injury itself, as well as the recovery process to demonstrate the full extent of your injury. Also, save any insurance documents, medical records, e-mails, and anything related to your case.
- Give us the entire story. There is always more than one side of every story. While you are our client, we must understand the bigger picture and how the other party may be at fault. Withholding information can prolong your case, cost you more money, and leave you entirely responsible for paying your medical bills.
- Act quickly. As soon as the accident occurs, you must get immediate medical attention. Not only is it important for your health, but you need documented proof on file in case you pursue filing a personal injury claim.
- Understand that the process takes time. From legal teams to insurance providers to the judge and jury, getting everyone on the same page takes time. In addition, the legal process could be delayed if there is a lack of evidence.