Any person is, unfortunately, up for personal injury at any moment. Whether it’s a car accident, a slip and fall, an equipment malfunction, or any number of other possibilities, the risk is always there. While some cases will naturally be due to innocent mistakes, you’ll understandably want compensation in cases where an injury is due to negligence or the fault of another party. Many people go into this situation wondering what the “average” payout is for a personal injury case. The fact is, it isn’t that simple. Personal injury cases are often complex, and each one is different. Payouts can range from a few thousand to upwards of $75,000 dollars. Your best bet for success is to find a personal injury lawyer and follow these tips.
This will be one of the most important steps for your case. Any time you are injured, you should seek medical attention ASAP, and this is especially true in a case where you may be entitled to compensation. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, seeking immediate attention will help prove that all sustained injuries are a result of the accident. If you wait around, the defendant will be able to defend that the injuries are from another source and minimize your claim.
It will also give you the opportunity to discuss any unusual sensations with your doctor and give you the best possible chance for a full recovery. Immediately seeking treatment will also help to avoid gaps in your medical record. Any documentation inconsistencies can make a hugely negative impact on your case. The defendant will do anything in their power to draw out inconsistent information to discredit your claim, so it’s best to ensure inconsistencies don’t exist in the first place. Make sure you keep any follow up appointments, and take any recommended treatment seriously.
There are some additional steps you can take to prepare for your meeting with an attorney as well. You’ll want to bring anything that could possibly be of use to your case to your initial consultation. The majority of personal injury attorneys work on contingency fees, so there is very little risk in seeking an attorney. Useful information will include things like photographic evidence of the accident scene, your medical records, accident reports, and contact information of doctors/witnesses. Having as much of this information as possible will demonstrate that you are a serious and cooperative client, which will usually make an attorney more willing to accept your case.
Once your case is accepted, it’s likely that you’ll have several more meetings with your attorney. You are the ultimate authority on your own situation, after all.
It may be easy to assume that once an attorney is on a case they can take care of everything, but there are actually still several things you can do as a client to ensure things run smoothly. Always keep your attorney updated on your medical condition. The extent of your injuries and pace of your recovery will be huge factors in your case. You’ll also want to record all of your financial losses due to the injury. This will, of course, include medical expenses, but it’s also good to include any money you may have lost due to not being able to work. This will all be factored in to your settlement.
Lastly, update your attorney on any further developments in your case. Direct any questions from outside parties, such as insurance companies, to your attorney. It’s not a bad idea to inform your attorney when you are contacted by such entities as well. Keeping your attorney informed will help ensure the defendant is not able to significantly discredit your claim.
While there’s no such thing as a guaranteed case and estimating a settlement is extremely difficult, following these steps will be your best chance for a positive outcome.