What Can You Do To Help Your Own Injury Case in Florida?
When you have a lawyer in your injury case, you may think about the ways that your attorney will help you win or settle your case favorably. That’s natural—after all, your attorney is the legal professional. But what about you—are there things that you can do to help your personal injury attorney?
There actually are, and you don’t need to have any legal background to do them. Here are some things you can do as a car accident or slip and fall victim to help your lawyer help you.
Take pictures or videos and give them to your lawyer
If possible, and if you are physically able to, take pictures of your injuries and everything at your accident scene. That includes people, debris on the ground, medical responders, the area around the accident location—everything that you can—and give them to your attorney.
Get medical treatment
Simply going to the doctor when you are supposed to, getting help for what ails you, and following doctors’ orders not only helps you get better, but will help your lawyer prove your injuries and damages to a jury or to the insurance company.
It may seem like the suggested treatment is scary or time consuming, or you may even feel it is unnecessary. You can and should discuss this with your lawyer. Although your attorney needs you to get the medical treatment your doctor recommends for you in order to show the severity of your injuries, it is important that you are comfortable with the treatment you are receiving.
Stay in touch
Don’t be a stranger to your attorney. Tell your attorney when you go to a new doctor, when you are feeling a bit better, if you lose your job because of your injuries, or if you have a physical setback.
Many times, victims will get scans, see therapists, or go to new specialists, but will forget to tell their lawyer. Your attorney needs to know this to stay up to date with your treatment and get your medical records. Check in with your lawyer periodically so he or she knows how you are doing.
If you have evidence related to your case, don’t throw it away. Most of the time when victims destroy evidence, they do it innocently or accidentally. Saving that evidence can help your personal injury case incredibly. If you are unsure whether the evidence is helpful, send it to your attorney anyway—your attorney will review the materials and determine whether it can be used to prove your case.
Things like emails, videos, or pictures, are all evidence. Even the clothes that you were wearing at the time of your accident may also be evidence in your case. Even your car that was involved in an accident shouldn’t be repaired without first speaking to your attorney. These are all things that, if thrown away, destroyed, or altered, can hurt or even defeat your case.
Are there people who can testify as to your difficulties? For example, your inability to work, play with your kids, be mobile or do things around the house? These are all witnesses to your pain and suffering, and you should give their contact information to your attorney.
Tell your attorney everything about your case, whether you think it helps or hurts your case. Your attorney can likely deal with whatever is hurtful to your case—but not if you hide information or lie about things.
Call the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Rosen Injury Law today to see how a good personal injury attorney can help your case.