What Might Happen During a Personal Injury Case Review?
Most reputable personal injury firms are happy to offer free case reviews. These initial consultations give attorneys the opportunity to determine whether grounds for action exist and, if so, how best to proceed.
Claimants can benefit from these case reviews, too. Discussing the accident in which you were hurt with a personal injury lawyer won’t just give you a sense of the kind of counsel they provide, but will also offer insight into the potential strengths—and weaknesses—of your claim.
If you want to know exactly what to expect over the course of this meeting, your attorney will likely:
1. Ask Questions About the Accident & Your Injuries
Your attorney will want an overview of your case and so will probably ask the following questions:
- How did the accident occur?
- When did it happen?
- What types of injuries did you sustain?
- Have you sought medical treatment?
- Did your injuries prevent you from returning to work?
- Besides your medical expenses, what other costs have you incurred as a result of your injuries?
- Do you think anyone may have witnessed the accident take place?
2. Discuss Laws That Could Influence the Outcome of Your Case
Your lawyer will likely give you some insight into the case laws and statutes that may be relevant to your claim. They may also share how they plan to proceed with your case and discuss some of the strategies they might employ to help you fight for a fair settlement.
3. Review Any Evidence You Have Already Collected
If you took any photos or videos at the accident scene, recorded your recovery in a personal injury journal, or gathered other evidence that may help you prove liability, causation, or damages, your attorney may want to see this evidence to help guide their investigation. Bring all such footage and/or documentation to your consultation to ensure your case gets off to a strong start.
4. Share Common Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
From ignoring your doctor’s orders to posting about your claim on social media, there are many mistakes you can make that might harm your case. For instance, if you publish pictures of yourself at a party after the accident, the insurance company might use the images out of context to argue that your injuries are not very serious.
Thankfully, your attorney can advise you on the best ways to protect your claim from day one. They may suggest that you disable your online profiles to avoid publishing posts that could compromise your claim. They may also instruct you to start logging your pain levels in a personal injury journal to help build your case for non-economic damages, like pain and suffering.
Speak with a Stuart Personal Injury Attorney
At Donaldson & Weston, we’re committed to providing tenacious representation to those who have been hurt by others. If you’re recovering from serious injuries because someone failed to act with reasonable care, we’ll gather the evidence you need to seek a payout that could make your life whole again. To schedule your free case review with a personal injury lawyer in Stuart, call 772-266-5555 or complete our Contact Form.