Personal injury law only works if you bring a claim, but before filing an injury lawsuit there are important steps that you have to take.
The lawsuit will lead to a hearing and at the hearing, you need to have evidence if you want to prove your case. Without it, you're just wasting your time with a round of he said/she said before the judge. It's not a winning strategy.
But some evidence is time sensitive and you need to have it before you file your claim. Take note of what you're going to need so you won't be taken by surprise.
- Organize the evidence. Write down everything you remember about what happened while it's still fresh in your mind. That will help you keep your facts straight later on. Take pictures of what the accident looked like, including bruises or any dents or damage to property. That can help show harm at the trial, months after any injuries have healed.
- Collect documents. Insurance claims, email messages, and other documentation can help prove your case. Collect it all in one place so it's easy to find. Then make sure you have it with you when you are ready to file.
- Identify witnesses. If anyone was there when it happened, you're going to want to ask that person if they'll testify at a hearing. If it's a friend or a neighbor, make sure to approach them sooner rather than later. If it's a stranger, get a name and number at the scene so you can call them later.
- Go to the doctor's office. If you were hurt, then you should head to the doctor's office as soon as possible. Not only is this important for your health, it will give you a professional opinion on your health. The doctor's comments on your injuries will carry more weight than your own in most cases.
- Get a lawyer. Could you bring a lawsuit on your own? Absolutely. Should you do it? Only if you want to lose. Hiring a local attorney significantly increases the chances that the case will be successful. Why spend the time otherwise?