The Do’s and Don’ts of Personal Injury Cases

Accidents, and resulting personal injury cases, can happen at any time.

When facing an injury due to the recklessness or carelessness of others, there is a lot to keep in mind. Amidst all the commotion, it’s not uncommon for a personal injury victim to forget something or make an error that could affect his or her final settlement. Should you ever find yourself in such an unfortunate situation, our personal injury attorneys have put together a list of do’s and don’ts to guide you as you work with your attorneys to receive the compensation you deserve.

What to Do in the Event of Personal Injury

  1. Do call the police as soon as the accident occurs. An official police report is the only way to establish the basics of your case and prevent “he said, she said.”
  2. Do seek medical treatment if you are injured. Prolonging medical treatment may disrupt your recovery and create obstacles for your legal claim.
  3. Do take photos of any injuries or damaged property. Photo evidence is crucial in proving your claim and receiving compensation.
  4. Do cooperate with your attorney. Your personal injury attorney will require your cooperation throughout the process, so it’s important that you provide timely responses to all communications.
  5. Do get witness accounts, if possible. If there are any witnesses, make sure you receive their statements or they are included in the official police report.
  6. Do report the accident to insurance. You should make your insurance company aware of the accident, but refrain from giving out any more details without your attorney’s approval.

What Not to Do When Faced with Personal Injury

  1. Don’t attempt to settle the case on your own. Having an expert personal injury attorney on your side is the best way to ensure you receive the maximum value for your case.
  2. Don’t speak to the defendant or his or her insurance company without your attorney’s approval. The other side’s insurance company will often pressure you to settle for less than your case is worth.
  3. Don’t sign anything or record any statements without your attorney present. Insurance companies and opposing counsel may use your words against you in their defense.
  4. Don’t post anything about your injury or lawsuit on social media. Anything you post online may be discovered and used against you by the opposing counsel, so it’s best to avoid social media during your case.

Missouri Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been wrongfully injured as a result of personal injury, contact our legal team right away. Waiting to seek legal representation can prevent you from filing a claim and receiving the compensation you deserve.

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