Being in an accident often means you will become involved in litigation over the damages, and the amount needed to make you whole again. The first step in this process is to seek the medical attention you need for your injuries, and then have your case reviewed by a competent personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney will make sure your claim is filed on time, and will fight for full and fair compensation for your injuries. The “heavy lifting”, so to speak, of all personal injury cases should be placed in the hands of an experienced attorney, but there are some things you can do to help with your case.
Three things that are helpful to your attorney when you’ve been in an accident are:
- Keeping accurate records, whether the records are for the medical care you’ve received, the receipts from the body shop that fixed your car, or a personal diary about your thoughts on the accident. In fact, all of these types of records are helpful because they help to piece together the puzzle of what happened.
- Take photos of the damage to your personal property, at the scene of the accident if possible and then again after it has been repaired. This will show the severity of the damages, and can help to prove who hit who, and how hard.
- Give your attorney the names and contact information of any witnesses. This will allow your attorney to take a statement from each witness, or even call them to the witness stand if needed. Having an independent third party state what they saw can help to corroborate your version of events, and give you credibility.
It is important to do these things as soon as possible after the accident, so you do not miss the deadline to make a personal injury claim. The law allows you a certain amount of time after the accident to file a lawsuit, and if you miss this deadline you will not be able to file later. Most times a demand is made on the negligent party’s insurance carrier for reimbursement, and a lawsuit filed soon thereafter. The timing of any lawsuit, while it must be withi8n the statute of limitations, can show the other side you are serious about pursing all that you are entitled to receive. If the insurance adjuster is not making satisfactory offers, in the hope you will accept much less than what you deserve, a well-timed lawsuit can help.
If you have been in a car wreck or other accident, call our office to schedule an appointment today. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.