Ten steps you need to take to prepare for a personal injury case
Creating a legal case can seem daunting for anyone, especially if it’s a personal injury case. Not only do you have to heal from your wounds, but you may be worried about whether you even have a case. You may be unsure of how to proceed or what you’ll need to win your case. You may even consider not filing a claim in the first place.
Don’t go that route! You need an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side to help you through this trying time. It’s true that the legal system can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time in a courtroom. But if you follow these steps, you’ll have nothing to fear. These steps will not only properly prepare you of your case, but can help protect yourself.
- Try to save as much of the evidence of the accident as you can. Take photos of your injuries and any damage to your car or your property as soon as possible. Make sure you bring this proof during your free consult with us.
- Do not discuss any information about your case with anyone except us and your doctor. It may be held against you later on.
- Never sign anything without first consulting us, even if you are being pressured into it by the insurance company.
- If the insurance company wants to record your statement, don’t do it. Instead tell them to speak with us.
- Make sure your doctor doesn’t release any medical information without your written consent.
- Keep a written journal detailing the dates and times you need to meet with anyone involved in the case.
- Always keep us informed of any medical treatment you have. In addition, let us know when your treatment is complete.
- You should write down everything you can remember about the circumstances surrounding your personal injury, and keep the information handy so you can refer to it when it is needed. There is a good likelihood that your case will not come to a hearing or court for several weeks or months, by which time your memory of the incident may not be as clear as it is now.
- Keep all your bills and receipts and don’t forget to document any lost wages. If you are unable to go to work, make sure to get a “disability certificate” from your doctor at every visit.
- Make sure you let us know about any previous injuries or pain you have experienced before the accident. Several cases have been lost because a client failed to tell us about former injuries.
And the most important step is to contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone immediately after your accident. For 26 years, we’ve been handling personal injury cases throughout New Jersey and know exactly how to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.