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Build a Strong Personal Injury Case with These Simple Suggestions

When you’ve been injured in an accident or event that wasn’t your fault, it’s difficult to know where to turn. You’re overwhelmed with pain, you can’t work so you’re struggling to pay your bills, sleepless nights and anxiety…your entire world has been turned upside down because of the negligence of someone else.
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Speaking to a personal injury lawyer - such as this one - about your circumstances could work out well for your specific situation. Medical malpractice, birth injuries, car accidents, dog bites and slip and fall accidents... being the victim of an incident can have a severe impact on the rest of your life so it’s important to consider all your options going forward.

If you’re considering taking action against someone who has left you injured and effectively changed your life, then you may be wondering how you’ll prove what happened. It’s easy to believe that it’s simply your word against theirs…and if they have a legal team you might struggle to prove your side of the story.

Thankfully, there are some simple, yet effective ways you can build a strong personal injury case. Let’s explore them, below.

Get medical help

Seeking medical attention after your accident is the single, most important thing you can do for yourself and for your personal injury case. If you don't seek medical attention, how will you get better? And how will you prove that you had any injuries, to begin with?

Your doctor will provide treatment, and a subsequent treatment plan for you to follow all of which will be in your medical records. These records will allow your attorney and the other party to understand the injuries you sustained, the treatment you received, your recovery time, any subsequent therapies you may need and of course, the cost.

Take note of your feelings

Mental anguish is common after an accident. Anxiety, difficulty sleeping even PTSD can occur, taking control of your life and leaving your future uncertain. If you’re suffering mentally after the incident, take note of your feelings and your physical pain. Keeping a journal can help your personal injury attorney piece together what kind of compensation you might need to get your life back on track. 
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Gather evidence at the scene

Documenting what happened is an essential piece of evidence that will be difficult to ignore. If you were in a crash, photograph the positions of the vehicle and the damage, if you tripped on a pothole in a parking lot, photograph it. The more evidence you have, the better.

Speak with witnesses

Did someone help you after you slipped and broke your leg in the supermarket? Getting their name and their side of the story could help you build a strong personal injury case. If someone saw what happened try to get their contact details, your attorney will then reach out to them.

And finally, do what your doctor tells you!

If your doctor has told you to rest your sprained ankle and yet videos of you roller-skating around your neighborhood surface online, then you're undermining your own case. Always follow the guidance of your doctor and attend every appointment.


Accidents Do Happen but Your Children Shouldn’t Suffer the Consequences

Whether at work or play, there comes a time when parents are exposed to being injured, sometimes leaving them medically unable to work for the rest of their lives. If you, or a loved one, has been injured as the result of negligence on the part of a business, government entity or even a driver of a vehicle covered by insurance, you may be eligible for compensation that will help you financially for the rest of your life and especially during the years you have minor children at home. Yes, accidents do happen but your children shouldn’t suffer the consequences.

What Kind of Injuries Do Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?

Many people aren’t aware of all the types of injuries that are covered under a broad classification called ‘personal injury.’ If you have never been injured before and have not had to file a claim, you may not be aware just how many injuries are actually covered. A knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer can handle:

Injuries resulting from dog bites and serious attacks.
Emotional distress intentionally inflicted.
Injuries that are deemed work-related or on the job.
Medical malpractice.
Falls and slips resulting in injuries.
Injuries directly resulting from products that are faulty.
Sports related injuries.
Assault and/or battery.
Loss of companionship (often referred to as loss of consortium).
Wrongful death.

And these are just the most common types of injury, but by no means is this a complete list of what a personal injury attorney can handle.

Understanding the Attorney – Client Fiduciary Obligation

There is one bit of advice which should be given, across the board. No matter what kind of injury you have sustained or where you sustained it, if it is serious enough to put you out of work, you should always contact a personal injury attorney. The reason for this is because you need to ensure that your best interests are being represented. This is called a fiduciary obligation and his/her obligation is to represent you and only you, not your employer or the insurance company, however, there are exceptions. This is why you hire a personal injury attorney – so that your best interests are represented to the exclusion of all others as the law dictates.

Your Children as an Extension of This Attorney – Client Relationship

When representing you, as the person who supports minor children, this fiduciary relationship then is implied between your attorney and your children. If you are unable to speak for yourself but have children who depend on you, your attorney can speak for you in a court of law to ensure their support throughout the years you would have been supporting them. It’s a tricky subject and one that only an accomplished lawyer can explain well, but the point is made.

Your children shouldn’t suffer the consequences of your inability to care for them financially or in any other way due to that injury. Accidents do happen but if you are not at fault and you have suffered significant injuries, a personal injury attorney can win the compensation you and your children deserve.
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