Even though you may have been badly injured in an accident, it does not guarantee that you will win a personal injury case. Without significant proof of your injuries, pain, suffering and financial losses, and help from a qualified attorney, the decision of your lawsuit may not go in your favor. Preparation is key to successfully winning any lawsuit, especially when it comes to those dealing with a personal injury.
Seek Medical Care
It is not enough to say that you’re injured; you need to have medical treatment as soon as it happens. Get the medical help you need, follow your doctor’s instructions, and continue with your follow-up care as prescribed. Don’t be a martyr and try to tough it out. When you don’t seek medical treatment, the defense has room to say the injury was not as significant as you’re making it out to be.
Make Sure to Document Everything
Be consistent and communicate all your symptoms to your doctors when filling out your paperwork, and when speaking to them during your examinations. If current symptoms worsen or new ones show up, tell your doctors so the new information is added to your medical records. Make sure to accurately describe the pain or sensations you’re feeling, such as any numbness in the areas where you were hurt. You should also discuss your injuries with other doctors you see for conditions unrelated to your injury to add further documentation.
Don’t Hide Prior Medical History
If you have had a prior injury, such as a back injury, you may be hesitant to disclose this to your doctor or your personal injury attorney at the thought that it will affect the outcome of your case. What you may not realize however, is that by not being open about a past injury, you will jeopardize your legal claim. Personal injury laws allow you file suit even if you had an existing injury aggravated by the accident, or made your pre-existing medical condition worse. But if you fail to be honest and try to hide your history, the judge and jury may side with the defense.
Keep Doctors and Your Attorney in the Loop
Make sure that all your doctors are kept up to date with the tests, x-rays, MRIs and any prescribed procedures or therapy. Communicate this information to your attorney so they can help you navigate through the process as they continue to build your personal injury case. Be sure to speak with your attorney before applying for any assistance from the government, including disability, because this could have a negative effect .