We’re back with even more personal injury tips. Follow these tips to avoid making common mistakes that can result in lower compensatory damages and/or other problems/negative outcomes.
1. Remember about deadlines
After an accident, you can’t file a suit anytime you want. Depending on the state and the type of the accident, you only have a certain window of time to file a lawsuit. If you don’t do it on time, you won’t be able to file a lawsuit.
2. Educate yourself
We don’t ask you to become a personal injury lawyer. However, the knowledge of basic facts about personal injury law can help you a lot when filing a lawsuit. Most people filing a personal injury lawsuit are confused and make mistakes. Ask your lawyer to explain to you the most basic things.
3. Find a suitable lawyer
Not all personal injury lawyers specialize in personal injury law in general. Most personal injury lawyers specialize in certain fields, e.g. they only work with people who suffered an injury in a car accident. When looking for a lawyer, always ask for a free consultation. A lawyer will review your case and share with you some general advice, e.g. damages that you can expect, what you should do to pursue your claim, etc. Find out about your lawyer’s history, read online reviews, get to know him a little better. It will help you pursue your claim.
4. Don’t settle before you’re completely healed
You should never settle before you’re completely healed because if you haven’t healed yet, you still don’t know the extent of damages, total medical bills and any other expenses.
5. Be patient
Personal injury claims can take up to two years (sometimes more, sometimes much less) to settle. Be patient – if you work with a reputable law firm, you will settle sooner or later. Good luck!