If you have been injured, you and your attorney can work together to ensure that you get the best settlement possible for your damages. Remember that big insurance companies are very good at protecting their own interests and paying out as little as possible. In spite of this, however, you can ensure that you receive your fair share of compensation by taking some important steps starting at the time the accident occurs:
- Collect accident-related information. Witness statements, police reports, and medical reports are all essential to building your case. So are pictures. If you are injured in a car accident, for example, don’t leave the scene without getting a picture of your car, the car that hit you, skid marks on the road, etc. You’ve heard the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is truer than ever in the case of personal injuries.
- Keep a journal. In the wake of a personal injury, you’ll have a lot of details floating around in your head. Over time, those details could begin to blur. You might forget important details about the accident, the scope of the different medical symptoms you experienced, the duration of the symptoms, and more. The best way to combat this is to keep a daily journal starting right after the accident occurs. Record the details of your medical problems. Write about the daily progression of your symptoms, and be sure to record any new medical issues that develop, even if you are not sure if they are related to your injury. It’s always better to have too much information than too little. This diary will help you back up your claims for damages.
- Track expenditures. To receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, you need to present evidence of how much they have cost you. This extends far beyond medical bills. Financial losses may include prescription costs, loss of income for time off work, loss of consortium, loss of business, rental car or taxi expenses, personal property damages, cost of hiring a housekeeper, cost of travel to and from the doctor’s office, etc. Keep all of your bills and receipts in a safe place so that you can support your financial claims.
- Hire an attorney early. Attorneys have expertise that can assist you in every step of the case. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side from the beginning ensures that you have someone experienced to represent you with the other party’s insurance company. Your attorney can also advise you of crucial steps to take along the way to help you get full compensation for your claim.
Tingey Injury Law Firm offers the services of leading accident injury attorneys in Las Vegas. We have years of experience helping clients get the best outcome for their injury cases—whether you are dealing with a car accident, workers’ compensation case, bicycle accident, dog bite injury, or more. We will help you stand up to big insurance companies and get the payment that you deserve.