Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: November 11th, 2014 | Categories: Columbus Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured by the negligence of another person, you may have a personal injury claim. This means you may be able to recover some of the medical expenses and other costs that you incurred because of the injury. Before you run to the courthouse to file a complaint against the negligent party, or sign away your rights to a claim, review some of these tips for winning your personal injury claim.
Details are important!
When you are injured and you believe another is at fault, it is important to take as many notes as possible. Having an accurate record of the situation will not only help your attorney prepare your case, but will help to show the extent of your injury. Gather as much information as possible, as even the smallest detail may help tie together pieces of information about your incident. Your details may help highlight the negligence of the other party. To this extent, it is important to preserve evidence for later. If you have any items that were in your possession when you were injured, do not discard them. They might hold clues that will help show negligence.
You will also want to talk to witnesses who may be able to testify on your behalf. Did they witness the negligence? Hiring a personal injury attorney will help to sort through all the potential witnesses and find a way to tell the jury the events of the case. In addition to details of the incident that caused your injury, it is important to get the details from your treating physician. When you visit the hospital or your doctor to evaluate the extent of your injuries, gather as much information as possible about your ability to return to work and to participate in your daily activities as you would before. Finding an attorney with experience with personal injury is important because they will know the experts needed to testify on your behalf.
Be honest about the full extent of your injuries
Legal proceedings are time-consuming, and you generally only get one chance to address all your claims against the negligent party. It is important to highlight all the results of the negligent action. Hiring a Columbus, Ohio personal injury attorney will help to flesh out any other claims you will need to bring with the initial negligence claim. This could increase the amount of a settlement at the end of the trial. If you speak with a representative from an insurance company, they will try to settle the general claim without taking into account the entirety of your injuries. Having a personal injury attorney with you can reduce the stress and uncertainty of speaking with the adjuster.
Settlement is always an option
Many want a day in court to lay everything out for a judge or a jury to decide. However it is more likely than not that the opposing counsel will wish to settle the case. People settle for various reasons: anonymity of both parties, costs associated with the trial, or they are aware of the negligence and wish to resolve the matter quickly. No matter the reason, you should always be prepared for settlement talks. To this end, you should constantly gather information about the financial toll of the injury. Retain any medical expenses, bills for equipment to accommodate you after your injury, and any other costs associated with the injury. Make sure to track the number of workdays you missed because of the injury along with any sick time or vacation time you used as a direct result of the injury.
If you settle, make sure to know what you are signing. Hiring an attorney to work with you and review all documents is important because they will best be able to advise you of your legal rights. Know that when you sign a document you may be releasing the guilty party from further responsibilities regarding the incident. Personal injury cases can be complicated, so it is important to be prepared. Finding the right personal injury attorney is crucial so that your case may be presented in the best light.
Do you or someone you know suffer from an injury that you believe was caused by someone else’s negligence? The Jones Law Group, LLC may be able to help. Please give us a call at 614-545-9998