3 Crucial Steps When Considering a Personal Injury Case
When you or someone you love experiences a traumatic car accident and you find yourself considering or committed to a personal injury suit, there are a few things you should keep firmly in mind. A failure on any of these points can transform a flawless, ambiguity-free case into a lengthy courtroom duel.
1) KEEP DOCUMENTATION.
When it comes to legal disputes, there’s a saying worth keeping in mind: it doesn’t matter what’s true, it matters what you can prove. Whether it’s in a court or at a negotiation table, thorough documentation of all the harm done to you by your accident will determine the success of your case. This includes medical documentation, work documentation, and mental health documentation. If you lose out in a way that doesn’t come with a receipt, make your own notes. The more thorough the better.
2) SEE APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONALS.
If you’ve suffered a spinal injury, you need to see a specialist. If you’ve suffered emotional distress, you need to see a therapist. If you’re experiencing difficulties at work, you need to contact human resources. This overlaps largely with the need for documentation, but it bears repeating. See the professionals who can identify and help with the problems which arise from your injury or you won’t have the proof you need to make your case a success.
You’ll also want to see someone who can inform you of the technicalities associated with pursuing a case after your injury. A car accident attorney in Boulder can help you more in ten minutes than ten hours of Googling and self-research. The little details you might overlook if you act unassisted matter far more than you may realize.
3) AVOID SIGNING, SAYING, OR DOING ANYTHING UNTIL YOU CONFIRM THE SITUATION.
The final step isn’t something to do, but more an attitude to assume: caution and skepticism. When it comes to personal injury cases, the fine details can matter more to the outcome than the basic facts of the case. Every move you make bears consequences.Your signature on document which looks neutral can harm you in court. Even something as innocuous as saying “I’m sorry, are you okay?” right after an accident can backfire.Take the time to get your bearings and contact someone you can trust to assess the situation from a legal standpoint before you commit to anything.
If you need further advice, or you’re looking for an attorney, you can visit us at www.SloatLaw.com to contact us or read more about personal injury cases. You can also reach us at (303) 447-1144 to discuss your case.
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