When involved in a personal injury case, in my experience, there is a tendency for the plaintiff to make some mistakes which may cost them the case in the long run. Below are some of those mistakes.
1.) ASSUMING THAT ALL THE LAW FIRMS AROUND ARE THE SAME
No, they are not. When involved in an accident that results in injury, your insurance company may recommend legal services for you, the onus now lies on you to find out if the firm is any good or not, rather than just assuming that it is. There are so many things you need to find out first. How close is it to you? How many clients have they worked with? Were they successful? What about the profit got from your claim, where does it go? The internet is always available to help you out. Use it.
2.) ASSUMING THAT EVERY LAWYER YOU MEET HAS THE SAME LEVEL OF SKILL AND EXPERIENCE
Again, no, they do not. Before you hire a lawyer make sure that they are qualified enough to handle your case. A lawyer who specializes in divorce or house purchase cases may not be able to handle your case properly. Find out how many similar cases he or she has handled and then investigate the success rate. Do not give a rookie your case. You may not like the outcome.
3.) GO AHEAD AND JUST TAKE THE SETTLEMENT
This one is almost laughable. Almost. Before going ahead to settle, make sure that you have made a complete recovery from the injuries. By ‘complete recovery’ I mean, both physically and mentally. Do not operate based on an estimated time of recovery. If you settle early with an estimated time of recovery in mind, and you end up taking twice that time or even longer than that, then you have essentially settled for way less than you should have. And no, going back for more is not an option. In a case where you settled due to bad advice from your lawyer then you may be able to regain some of the losses by bringing a “No Win, No Fee” negligence suit.
4.) GOING AHEAD AND HANDLING THE CASE YOURSELF
There are many cases where your insurance company will get in your head and try to make you not go through a lawyer and instead settle it on your own because including a lawyer will just make things more complicated, according to them. This is not true and is a simple attempt at making you settle for less. Do not fall for it. Insurance companies can put up a really good fight against professional lawyers, so imagine how much better they would do, against you, a non-attorney. Do not think the insurance company has your best interests at heart. Sure they may want to cover the damages, but they want to do that at as low a cost as they can achieve.
5.) FAIL TO RECORD THE FINANCIAL LOSSES THEY MAKE
Look, any loss that has to do with the accident, be it a loss you incurred or one a friend of your incurred. As long as it has to do with the accident, just go ahead and write it down. You need to record everything even if it is something you consider a “small cost” such as being unable to cook on your own because of your injuries or hospital parking and the likes. Just go ahead and record it. It is all potentially claimable. With a fort worth truck accident lawyer you can be guaranteed the very best of services. Get the compensation you deserve today.
6.) FAIL TO MAKE ALL THE SYMPTOMS THEY EXPERIENCE KNOWN TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Usually, your lawyer will send you to a medical professional, maybe even for free, to get what can be described as a second opinion as to the full extent of your injuries and the damage done to your person, as well as an estimated recovery time. For this to be as accurate as possible you need to be completely forthcoming. Your doctor may not be able to ask all the probing questions to make you describe the symptom and once the report is written and sent, it is unlikely that the process will be repeated.
7.) FAIL TO REVEAL INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE MENTAL EFFECTS OF THE ACCIDENT AND INJURIES
Have the injuries made you begin drinking again? Or more? Smoking to calm your nerves perhaps? Have you been having some difficulty sleeping? The mental, psychological effect of an accident is underrated sometimes and can even be worse than the physical aspects. Do not be embarrassed about it. Talk to your doctor and lawyer about this side of the accident’s effects.
8.) HAVE A STRONG FEAR THAT A JURY WILL BE INVOLVED IN THE CASE
Many personal injury cases are usually held in front of a judge. A very small percentage may involve a jury but those are usually the really large ones or those cases in which the insurance company suspects that the claimant has not been as honest as he or she would have everyone believe.
9.) ASSUME THAT YOUR QUESTION IS IRRELEVANT
It most likely isn’t. Some claimants refuse to ask some pertinent questions because they are scared of how it will make them look to the lawyer. It is your case. You have a right to ask your questions, irrespective of the lawyer’s reaction or comments. Do not be afraid to ask your question even if it seems daft. Just ask.
10.) FAILING TO TAKE NOTE OF AND KEEP IMPORTANT EVIDENCE
This is rather surprising because how do you hope to make your case without proper evidence? Once you are able to ascertain that you are okay and handled your medical needs, the next step is to gather as much evidence as you can lay your hands on. Take pictures of yourself before getting treatment if you can. Take pictures of your vehicle. Speak to the people who were around on that day. Shop owners, vendors, and people who may have been around. The thing about the personal injury claim is that you are trying to make the court see that your accident and injuries are the results of another person’s imprudent and negligent actions. Every evidence is important even if you end up settling out of court.