Figuring out how to get by on a day-to-day basis can be challenging after you’ve been injured in a serious car accident. Medical bills can quickly come due at a time when your savings are minimal and your income is stopped, and you may be dealing with incessant pain and lack of mobility that has completely reshaped the way you live your life.
As stressful as that can be, we hope that you find some comfort knowing that you have the ability to seek accountability and compensation from the negligent driver who caused your accident. But if you’re contemplating legal action, you might be wondering what you should be doing to preserve your claim. There are steps that you can take now to start building your claim. Let’s take a look at some of them here:
- Obtain a police report: Your accident likely resulted in a police report being generated, which can be helpful since it’ll probably have witness statements and an opinion as to fault. It’s a good starting point that can give you direction as to where else to turn for beneficial evidence.
- Talk to witnesses: Once you’ve identified witnesses, make sure that you talk to them so that you know what they saw and what they can attest to. Some of these witnesses may help strengthen your case, while others either won’t be helpful or they may even be harmful to your case if they indicate that they observed you doing something that contributed to the accident. Either way, you need to know what these witnesses are going to say if they’re called to testify.
- Follow your doctor’s recommendations: The whole point of your personal injury case is to recover compensation for your damages. You should listen to your doctor’s recommendations, otherwise, it’s going to be difficult to prove the extent of your damages. Foregoing treatment can also give the impression that your injuries aren’t as bad as you claim them to be.
- Speak to experts: Proving your anticipated damages is a tricky part of your personal injury case. But experts in the medical field and your field of occupation may be able to provide valuable insight into how your accident injuries have affected your need for treatment and your ability to maintain and advance in your career.
- Keep a journal: Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life can be a grueling reality after a serious car accident, and you deserve to be compensated for that harm. But proving these aspects of your case can be difficult. By keeping a journal of how your injuries have impacted your life, you can paint a clearer picture of how your life has changed since being injured.
- Seek support: You’re going through a trying time in the aftermath of your wreck. You shouldn’t have to face it alone. That’s why you might be able to approach your legal matters in a healthier fashion if you seek out support from family, friends and mental health professionals.
Are you ready to fight for what you deserve?
The steps discussed above may seem daunting to you, especially once you realize that they’re just a fraction of the actions that need to be taken in a personal injury case. But don’t stress yourself out over them.
An attorney who knows how to competently navigate these claims can help you gather the evidence you need to support your claim and craft the persuasive legal arguments that are necessary to give you a chance of recovering the compensation that you need. Hopefully, you can secure the accountability and financial stability that you need to get past this dark time and move on to better days ahead.