If you are injured because of someone else’s reckless or negligent acts, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against them. Personal injury claims can be filed in order to gain compensation for any medical bills, property damage, and lost wages you accrue as the result of the other party's actions.
Keep in mind that not all personal injury claims are created equal. By being thorough and diligent in filing your claim, you can optimize your chances of gaining the maximum compensation.
The best way to maximize your claim is to work in tandem with a personal injury lawyer. Additionally, consider a few tips from our team here at McLaurin Law.
How to Maximize Your Personal Injury Claim
- Preserve evidence. Your case won’t be decided on the basis of your word alone. You’ll need to preserve evidence that can later be inspected to back up your claim. Set aside the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident, along with photos of the accident scene.
- Seek medical care. Even if you don’t think you need to see a doctor, do so anyway. Save the paperwork from all medical appointments and treatments. Otherwise, the person you’re filing against may try to argue that you were never really hurt at all.
- Don’t settle for less than you deserve. In some cases, you may receive an offer that is much lower than what you really need to compensate for damages. Talk with your attorney about the appropriateness of rejecting the offer, which can sometimes be the best way to show your commitment to getting what you really deserve.
- Think about future damages. If you can reasonably anticipate future damages, such as upcoming medical procedures that you will need as a result of the injury, factor those into your claim.
- File as promptly as you can. Once you feel confident that you have sufficient evidence, go ahead and file your claim. Waiting will only delay your resolution, and in some cases, you may run up against a legal time limit on when claims may be filed.
- Get off social media. If you’re claiming an injury that significantly impedes your quality of life, yet your Facebook and Instagram activity tell a different story, that can completely ruin your case!
- Make a good impression in court. Should your claim wind up in court, remember that judges and juries alike make decisions based on first impressions. Conveying yourself in a respectful way is essential to the outcome of your claim.
By following these guidelines, you can increase the chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries. Make sure you’re working with a skilled attorney who can offer further guidance, and if you’re in the Houston area, reach out to McLaurin Law. We’re always happy to discuss the specifics of your personal injury claim, and to fight passionately for your rights.