Once you make the decision to file a claim for personal injury, you will want to do everything in your power to maximize your potential monetary award. A vital part to recovering fully from your injuries is making sure you have enough financial resources to pay for medical expenses and any rehabilitative therapy you may need.
The actions you take after your accident matter. There are several specific steps you can take to get the most out of your claim. You must have an understanding of what elements of your specific case are in your control and what are not. Focus your time and energy on what you can affect and don’t fixate on what you can’t.
Below is some advice on how to maximize your personal injury settlement.
Preserve the Evidence
How is the jury going to reach a verdict for your case? They will examine the evidence. Even if the other party involved is going to offer you a substantial settlement, the jury is still going to closely scrutinize the evidence presented by counsel. Whether you have a very strong case or a weak one, evidence is going to be reviewed.
Taking that into consideration, you should make every effort to preserve any and all evidence as quickly as possible:
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident.
- Immediately take pictures of any injuries you sustained if you are able
- Gather the contact information and names of any potential witnesses
- Get a copy of the police report once it is available
Attorneys at Bauman Law APLC can follow up on this and assemble the statements from witnesses to better prepare your case.
Seek Medical Care
To get the most from personal injury law in California and put yourself in a position to win your case, take accurate and detailed photos of your injuries. It’s a must that you get a documented physical assessment from a licensed healthcare professional so you can not only create a plan for treatment, but have irrefutable evidence for your case. Seek medical treatment regardless of the extent of your injuries.
A side benefit to having pictures is that the images may encourage the other party in the case to offer a higher settlement.
Claim the Total Number of Damages
When working with a personal injury lawyer, you are not limited to one form of damage as you file your claim. There are many various types of damages you incur as a result of your accident, some you may not be aware of.
You have the right to claim compensation for:
- Emotional distress
- The loss of regular body functions
- Out of pocket expenses
- Inability to perform marital duties
The experienced lawyers of Bauman Law APLC can help you with your case if you have any questions.
Build a Strong Case
By doing the work necessary, you can maximize the amount of damages you receive even if your case doesn’t make it to trial. The methodical preparation of a case will include serving discovery demands to the other party and having your personal injury lawyer request records or lead depositions.
Additionally, you may need to be seen by several doctors or other experts.
The ultimate piece of advice is to have the strongest case possible systematically prepared for trial. By submitting detailed evidence and medical records, the party responsible for the accident is highly incentivized to offer you an equitable settlement.