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Personal Injury Cases: 3 Do's and Don'ts

Going through a personal injury case is always a challenging time. Not only are you suffering physically, but you are probably suffering financially too. Whether it is because of missed time at work, or because you have medical bills piling up, you are going to feel the financial pressure after these injury setbacks. But one way to alleviate the financial burden of a personal injury is by seeking the compensation you deserve from the party who caused your injury. Whether it is because of another person or establishment’s negligence, it is important to talk with Racine Olson Injury Lawyers in Idaho and get the compensation you deserve. Here are three dos and don’ts regarding personal injuries:

Do:

  • Make sure you exchange insurance information with the other party, especially if you were involved in a car accident. Instead of getting angry at the other party for their mistake, talk to them calmly and ask them to trade insurance details immediately. If they do not have insurance, take their personal information or get a picture of their driver’s license so you can contact them regarding compensation.
  • Take as many pictures of the accident as possible. Take pictures of yourself after the accident, the incident where the accident happened and any other damaged that occurred. For example, a car accident means your car was probably damaged too. The more photographic evidence you have of damages, the better chances of getting a good compensation payout.
  • Report the incident to the relevant authorities or organizations. If you were assaulted or someone’s negligence caused you physical harm, you may want to involve the police. If you were in a car accident, you must contact the insurance companies so they can sort through the paperwork regarding your claim. If you feel your case is going to get complicated, call a personal injury lawyer and talk to them about your case.

Don’t:

  • Delay your medical treatment. If you have injuries, get yourself checked immediately. If you wait a week before going to the doctor, your claim of medical distress sounds disingenuous, because the other party can say you were not sick enough to need to go to the doctor for a whole week!
  • Never exaggerate things when you are dealing with a personal injury case. The more you lie, the less believable you become when you start to tell the truth. Whether you are dealing with negotiations between both parties, or your case has gone to trial, you must never exaggerate your injuries or the incident. If you are 100 percent honest, it gives the other party much less room to attack you.
  • Waste time when it comes to hiring an attorney. If things go smoothly in the first few days, you can probably avoid hiring a lawyer. But if you have the slightest inclination that the other party, or their insurance company, is attempting to get away without paying you what you deserve, go speak to a lawyer and have them take over your case.
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