7 Secrets to Winning Your Auto Collision Case
Winning an auto collision case or any personal injury case (getting fully compensated for your injury) is not easy. However, there are 7 things you can do to help ensure you receive fair compensation.
- Do not delay seeking medical attention. When someone is horribly injured in a car crash the injuries are usually clearly documented from the time the life squad arrives to the time you are taken to the hospital. But once people are released from the hospital and attempt the recovery process documentation slacks off.
- Gaps in medical treatment or cancellation of appointments can come back to haunt you. Cancellations will be recorded in your records and gaps are holes in your case. This allows the seeds of doubt to be sown regarding how serious your injury is. A good defense attorney will try arguing that either you weren’t hurt very bad or had you followed your doctors advice you would have recovered sooner or there is another bad explanation for why you did not go to the doctor.
- Listen closely to your body and let it guide you when you see your doctor. Serious initial injuries often mask less severe injuries which ultimately linger. It is important to tell your doctor as soon as possible what else is bothering you that might not have seemed important.
- Document your injuries with photographs. Pictures graphically depict the suffering and seriousness of an injury.
- Don’t sign the insurance company's blanket authorizations. You can never be sure know what they will ask for that isn’t their business.
- Do not conceal prior injuries from your doctor or your attorney. Your doctor’s opinion of the case of your injuries is based on an accurate history. Give the doctor a complete history of past medical problems, but if they have healed be sure to make clear that they had not been bothering you since your new injury.
- Give yourself the benefit of an early consultation with a good car accident attorney. You may find the lawyer can provide services which will increase the value of your case, give you peace of mind and allow you to concentrate on recovery, rather than fighting big insurance companies. At least find out the compensation you are entitled to and if you have a fair case. Also, a lawyer can help preserve evidence that might otherwise be ignored.