You've made a smart move and hired a personal injury attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve, but your job is not done. A personal injury attorney can take a huge burden off your shoulders and give you the time and peace you need to heal from your injuries, but that attorney needs your help. If you've been injured in a car accident, you will need to work with your personal injury attorney to attain the highest level of compensation; so read on to learn how you can do your part to ensure success with your claim.
Get the attorney up to speed quickly. Provide the following important documents at your first meeting, which can help speed along the process.
Avoid compromising your case with a recorded statement. The at-fault parties' insurance company will request you speak to a claims adjuster on the phone and provide them with a recorded statement. Your injuries and stress level could compromise your ability to give an accurate accounting of the events surrounding your accident, so just refuse the request.
Give your attorney needed information by being honest. Rest assured that the insurance company will thoroughly investigate you, including your criminal and financial history. Make sure that you give your attorney every opportunity to understand and defend anything questionable in your history.
Provide your attorney with the evidence needed to seek pain and suffering damages. Only you know the depth of the impact on you and your family's lives caused by the accident. Keeping a careful record (a journal) of your path from the accident onward can provide your attorney with a complete picture of not only your physical, but emotional injuries. Instances of eating and sleeping disturbances, depression, anxiety and more are common after traumatic events and need to be recorded in your journal.
Contact the attorney sooner rather than later. Every state has a statute of limitations, and if you attempt to seek damages after that date you will have lost the opportunity to get compensation. Moreover, scheduling a deposition and getting the witness's statement on record is a time-sensitive issue, since memories fade over time.
Your attorney cannot successfully fight for fair compensation without your help. Be a team player and work with your personal injury attorney to help you get your life back to normal as soon as possible.
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