How to Help Your Injury Lawyer Win Your Case
Unfortunately, you were injured because of someone else’s negligence. The good news is that you have contacted John Mobley Law Firm to retain an expert personal injury attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Did you know that there are steps you can take to help your attorney win your case? Here’s what you can do.
How to help win your case
Act Fast: Every state has a statute of limitations on personal injury claims, which is a time limit on how long you have to file a lawsuit after an injury that wasn’t your fault. In South Carolina, this period is usually three years from the day of the injury. That might sound like a long time, but if you wait for injuries to heal and try to negotiate insurance settlements on your own, time can go by quickly. If you file a lawsuit after a significant amount of time has passed, you might not be able to locate witnesses. The insurance company also has a good reason to question your memory. Be sure to retain your personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury.
Document Everything: There are so many factors related to your injury that can help your case. Be sure to keep copies of (or create documents for):
- The police report
- Photos of the damage to your vehicle and the scene of the crash (or the scene of wherever you were injured in a slip and fall or other type of injury)
- Photos of your injuries
- Contact information and statements from witnesses
- Receipts for medical treatment and property repair (vehicle, home, etc.)
- Notes on exactly when you received treatment and what was discussed in each doctor’s appointment
- Consider starting a personal injury journal or diary to document your level of pain each day and the ways your accident has affected your emotional health and daily life.
Don’t Make Guesses or Accusations: Never admit fault for any type of accident, but be truthful. Stick only to the facts you know and never guess. If you were in a car accident, for example, do not guess how fast the other driver was going. If evidence proves the other driver wasn’t going as fast as you guessed, it could cast doubt on your case. Simply say, “I don’t know” to any questions of which you are not absolutely certain.
Do Exactly What Your Doctor Says: If your doctor tells you to wear a brace, take a certain medicine or go to physical therapy, do it. If you don’t follow doctor’s orders, the insurance company could make the case that you are not injured and do not need compensation.
Avoid Social Media: It’s best to not post anything on social media until after your case is settled. Even a simple photo of you looking happy could be used by the insurance company as evidence that you are not injured. Update friends and family in person or via private communication because your social media usage will be under heavy scrutiny.
Let John Mobley Work for You: Your John Mobley Law Firm personal injury attorney will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. By taking the steps above, you can make it easier for your attorney to win your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.