Filing a personal injury claim can be a tricky process, which is why you’re always better off hiring a personal injury attorney specializing in this aspect of the law. However, there are things you can do on your own that will help ensure your claim is ironclad.
- File a Police Report
- Keep as Many Records as You Can
- Be Extra Careful When Signing Anything
Filing a police report is one of the first things you should right after getting medical care in the aftermath of an accident. If the accident was caused by criminal negligence, such as a DUI or disregard of safety rules on the part of a business, a police report will put this on record, which in turn will serve as evidence during a settlement or trial.
One of the most basic yet important things you can do to protect your claim is to keep as many records as you can that are relevant to your accident. Whether it’s copies of police reports, medical reports, or receipts and bills of medicines and medical treatments, all of these can be used as evidence to strengthen your claim. You should also write down an account of your accident and injury, preferably when the incident is still fresh
Always err on the side of caution when you’re asked to sign a document you don’t fully understand. As far as personal injury claims are concerned, it’s very easy for an insurance company to use a document with your signature against you. This could be a form or contract, which can release the other party from liability, or reduce the amount of compensation you’re entitled to. If you need legal advice with your personal injury case, don’t hesitate to talk to the legal team of Barrus Injury Lawyers today. Call our offices to schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation.