If you are hurt in a car accident that has been caused by someone else’s unlawful conduct, the actions you take immediately following the crash are crucial for determining how much compensation you can secure from the negligent party. Your actions can also determine how well your case will stand up should the matter go to court.
While several factors come into play when determining the value of your personal injury claim in Georgia, there are certain measures you can take to help raise your odds of recovering full and fair compensation for your injuries and property damage.
Ask yourself key questions following your injury
Sometimes, the full extent of your injuries may not be apparent for weeks or even months after the accident. Lost income, reduced earning potential as well as loss of future earning potential are some of the factors that you need to take into account when negotiating a settlement following your injury.
Here are some of the questions you may want to ask yourself (or talk over with your attorney):
- What is the impact of the accident on your career or job advancement?
- How will life after the accident compare to life before?
- What will happen if your health condition takes a turn for the worse?
Only when you consider these questions can you start to estimate your future needs and put a value on your claim.
Keep proper documentation of your treatment records
It is important that you have and update your medical journal from day one. Clearly document every treatment received in relation to your personal injury. Be sure to keep a record of any payments made towards your treatments, as well.
Personal injury lawsuits are won or lost based on evidence. This is especially crucial in a situation where your injury and its treatment cost are up for debate. It is important that you collect sufficient evidence to prove your case against the at-fault party. Keep copies of your medical records related to the wreck, your employment records if you missed work and other documentation of your losses.
If you are hurt in an accident as a result of someone else’s fault, it is important that you file a watertight case against the at-fault party so you can get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. With evidence such as your medical reports, lost income, pain and suffering and property damage, the court with review your case and award fair compensation for your damages.