I’m sorry to hear that you had an accident in Los Angeles. Personal injury cases can be frustrating and lengthy. However, you can improve your chances of getting a good settlement.
First, after an accident in which you are injured, you must take care of your health. Your settlement will most likely hinge on the extent of your injuries. You must go to the doctor if you have been injured. You also must follow all of the doctor’s orders concerning your treatment and follow up. If you fail to go to the doctor at all, it will appear as if you haven’t been injured and your settlement will likely be greatly reduced. Also, if you do not go for follow-up treatments, it will open up the possibility that the defendant will claim that you were not really hurt and did not take the steps you should have to minimize your injuries.
You can also help your case by gathering evidence and keeping it organized. Obviously, your case will hinge on evidence. If you are able, you should start gathering evidence immediately after the accident, including pictures of the scene and the vehicles involved and pictures of your injuries. If there are any witnesses, you should obtain contact information for them. You should also keep your medical records organized.
One way you can damage your case is with the use of social media while your case is ongoing. Posting pictures of fun trips you are taking and nights out with friends could hurt your case. You should also watch what you say to others about the accident. Those statements could come back to bite you later.
Finally, you should hire an experienced attorney with a good reputation in handling personal injury cases. A personal injury attorney can help take a lot of stress away in dealing with the case, and you will likely receive a much larger settlement than you would if you handled the case alone. If you have been injured in an accident in Los Angeles, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney, at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.