There are some key things anyone needing a personal injury attorney can do to ensure they get a better result for their claim.
Florida personal injury lawyer Michael Babboni writes about how you can help your personal injury attorney if you’re seeking compensation for an accident, by taking some simple steps.
Florida is a big state, with more than 19.5 million people living within its borders. So, it makes sense that every day accidents happen throughout the state. Luckily, most of these are relatively minor, but a few are quite major and can have a serious impact on your physical health and on your financial wellbeing. When you suffer from an injury that wasn’t caused by your own actions, there is a chance that you could be entitled to compensation.
Getting that compensation will usually require the help of a good, skilled personal injury attorney. After all, they’ll have the experience needed to help you secure the compensation that you’re owed while you can focus on your recovery. Many people don’t realize it, but there are several things that you can do to help your personal injury attorney when they begin the process of seeking your compensation.
While you won’t be helping them do research or serving as their assistant, a few simple things could make a big difference in their ability to get you the money that you’re owed. Those things are worth remembering, so here they are in no particular order.
•Try to get some evidence from the scene of the accident. This doesn’t mean you have to collect glass fragments or anything that difficult. Instead, just take some photos of the accident after it happens and talk to any witnesses to get their contact info. It can help your lawyer in a big way.
•Don’t wait for months before visiting an attorney, either. The sooner you start the ball rolling on a personal injury claim, the better. Waiting too long will not only hurt your financial situation, it will weaken your case significantly.
•Also, avoid negotiating on your own. After an accident, there is a very strong possibility that the insurance company or attorneys for the other party will offer you some kind of settlement. Until your attorney reviews it, you shouldn’t say yes. The odds are good that your first offer will be a lowball one.
•This one sounds odd, but it’s important. Don’t harass your lawyer. It’s hard to sit and wait patiently when you see bills piling up, but constantly calling your lawyer to ask them where the case is and what they’re doing will really only slow them down. Having a good personal injury attorney on your side will likely speed up the process of getting your compensation tremendously, so don’t harass them about it.
•Also, be sure that you keep accurate records of your medical visits, medical bills, time off from work, and other financially related matters. All of these and more may be factored into the settlement you’re awarded since they’ll be a direct result of the accident.
•Work with your attorney whenever they can. You may need to visit their office to sign papers or review forms, so it’s a good idea to find an attorney that is fairly close to you. When they need you, you’ll want to get to them as soon as you can so you can move the process forward.
If you’ll keep these tips in mind, you should be able to lend at least a little bit of help to your personal injury attorney. There are lots of different variables in any case, but these points are worth remembering no matter what.
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