When you’re in the middle of pursuing a personal injury case against someone who you believe is responsible for your injuries, it’s not going to be easy. You’ll have your attorney for support on the technical side, and they’ll handle your defense using their expertise, but there are still some things you can do to help win your case.
Here’s what you need to know about how you can participate in your personal injury lawsuit to increase your chances of winning.
- If you haven’t filed yet, cover all your bases immediately
If you haven’t yet filed your lawsuit, it’s crucial that you cover all of your bases before going any further. First, see a doctor as soon as possible if you haven’t already. You won’t find it easy to recover compensation for injuries you can’t prove exist. If you don’t seek medical care, the court won’t have any way to verify your actual injuries in order to determine what’s fair. Besides, if you never see a doctor, you can’t exactly claim you need money to pay your medical bills; even if you end up hospitalized in the near future, it will be too late. Not seeing a doctor can even get your case dismissed.
The next thing you need to do is gather all of your evidence. Get as many details down as possible about what you were doing when the accident occurred, how it happened, who was there to witness it, and anything you remember other parties saying.
For example, if you slipped and fell on a puddle of water in a department store, and you heard an employee state that they had seen the spill and planned on getting to it after helping another customer, your lawyer needs to know this.
Most companies have a policy in place requiring employees to never leave a spill unattended, and an employee who admits to violating policy might help your case. All the information you can remember will help your attorney build your case.
- Hire an attorney
There’s no way around it – you need a skilled attorney to fight your personal injury case, especially in states like Florida, where the law is strict about who can file a personal injury claim after a car accident. An attorney can tell you right away if you meet the requirements for a lawsuit, which will end up saving you time and money if you don’t actually qualify.
If you do move forward with a lawsuit, your attorney will know exactly how to proceed in order to maximize your compensation. Winning a personal injury case isn’t just about proving you were injured. You also have to negotiate your compensation, either through out of court settlement negotiations or during a jury trial. Both are not something you want to do by yourself. You won’t get a fraction of what an attorney can get you.
The average cost of medical care for non-fatal injuries, according to one source, is $6,620. That’s relatively low compared to what many people experience. If you only suffer minor injuries and are out of the hospital in a day, you won’t get a big bill. However, every night you spend in the hospital is going to cost you thousands.
- Listen to your attorney
The best thing you can do to increase your chances of winning your lawsuit is to listen to your attorney. They have the law degree and courtroom experience required to win cases. They know exactly what to expect from the judge, the other attorneys, insurance companies, and the jury. Your attorney will know precisely how to speak to everyone to shape their opinions and get what they want.
When your attorney gives you advice, it’s best to follow it to the letter. They are on your side and won’t tell you to do something without a good reason. That reason may not be apparent or even make sense to you, but you need to trust that they know what they’re doing if you want to win your case.
- Be professional at all times
No matter what, maintain professionalism inside and out of the courtroom. Don’t antagonize the other parties, don’t make faces in the courtroom, and don’t shake your head or chuckle to yourself under your breath if you hear the other party making false statements. You can actually get in trouble for that.
Let your attorney handle the hard stuff
Above all, let your attorney handle everything for you. If you do what they tell you and show up on time, you’ll have a good chance of winning your case.