Stacking The Deck In Your Personal Injury Case

Regarding personal injury cases, documentation is critical in terms of the outcome of the claim. Because of our significant experience with these cases, we have firsthand experience with people’s challenges after sustaining an injury. Although we will always be committed to delivering the best representation, some elements require the victim’s participation. After an injury, securing a settlement relies on you maintaining documentation and keeping your medical appointments. Both pay dividends in securing compensation that reflects the extent of your injuries.

The Role of Documentation 

In the next section, we will focus on medical appointments and why personal injury victims must keep those appointments. Before we elaborate on that, we need to highlight what types of evidence and documentation can play a role in strengthening your claim. The first is the incident report detailing the accident and what happened. It contains essential details about how the injury occurred, the witness statements that back up your account of what happened, and an initial assessment of the situation. 

Photographs can also be highly persuasive in personal injury cases. If able, take pictures of the accident, damages, and injuries. There is no such thing as too many pictures; even images of the surrounding area give your attorney the power to fight your interests. Here are other key things to obtain, maintain, and give to your attorney. 

  • Witness statements 
  • Insurance documentation
  • Financial records that speak to losses, medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. 

The Importance of Keeping Your Medical Appointments 

Before we elaborate further, nothing outweighs our safety. In the short and long term, seeking medical attention is in your best interest. Not only is it crucial for your health and well-being, but it plays a role in the success of your personal injury claim. People will typically have several follow-on appointments, and making them is crucial to establishing a record of documentation of your injuries and the treatment they require. 

On another level, making medical appointments demonstrates your commitment to recovering from your injuries. These documents establish a direct link between the accident and your injuries. If there are gaps, it gives the other side a chance to argue against the validity of this connection. Insurance companies are more inclined to take your claim seriously when they receive well-documented medical history. 

Medical Documentation 

Medical documentation is objective. When an attorney builds your case, it becomes stronger when they can reference your doctor’s summation of the injuries you sustained and what medical treatment was given. While pain and suffering may be more subjective, medical records support your attorney’s argument. Maintain any documentation that details the tests you were given, their results, and the medications you were told to take. 

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When we have these documents, we can effectively negotiate with the insurance companies and opposing parties to get you the necessary settlement. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, the attorneys at Cate & Brough will provide you with the legal guidance needed to get just compensation. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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