How to Build a Strong Personal Injury Case
You might be victimized in a car accident, while shopping in a grocery store, or in some other way that caused you to suffer a personal injury. If so, some basic steps can help you to build a strong case against liable parties. It starts with avoiding posting to social media, unless you are simply proclaiming your injuries and how badly you feel.
Four Elements of a Solid Personal Injury Claim
You have to prove four elements to file a successful personal injury claim with an insurer or in court. You have to prove that a dangerous condition existed or that the offending party acted negligently. You have to prove the offending party should have known about a dangerous condition or known that it was acting negligently while driving or doing something else that caused an accident.
You also have to prove that the dangerous condition or negligent act caused you harm. And you have to show the harm caused by damage, such as personal injury, property damage, or both.
Obtain Medical Treatment
Medical treatment is a must for any personal injury case. It is the best way to get a professional medical diagnosis that affirms harm occurred. It also shows the extent of the harm caused and affixes a cost for treating the personal injury. The sooner you get medical treatment, the more valid your personal injury claims become.
Gather All Available Evidence
You need to take photos of dangerous conditions or accident scenes following a mishap that caused your personal injury. If any witnesses are available, you should try to obtain their contact information and ensure their testimony would support your claim. Photos, witness statements, and other evidence could confirm another party caused the accident.
Retain an Attorney
You need to retain an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney can help you to present a strong case. The attorney also stops insurers, other attorneys, and bill collectors from contacting you while the case is active. All communication must go through your attorney until the case has concluded in your favor.