Hurt in an accident? You’re probably frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, and in pain. We get it. At Eden Rafferty, we’ve helped many clients get the compensation they deserve for their personal injury case in MA. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, contact us today for a free consultation.
Below are our top tips for how to get the most money for your pain and suffering.
1. Call 911 and Ask for an Ambulance
When an accident happens, adrenaline runs high. You might not know right away that you’ve been hurt. After a car crash, slip and fall, or other accident, call 911 and request an ambulance.
The key to winning the max compensation for a personal injury case is to document everything. You want the police to arrive at the scene so they can make a report. You’ll also want a doctor’s report of your injuries after the accident.
Police serve two primary purposes in personal injury cases. One — they ensure everyone involved is safe and off the road. Second, they can create an official document, the police report, which is critical evidence for your case.
2. Document the Accident Details
While the police report is a crucial piece of evidence, it shouldn’t serve as the only document of the accident. Remember, documentation is critical to winning any personal injury case. After the accident, get the details:
- Names of those involved in the accident, including witnesses
- Contact information for those involved
- Insurance information
- License plate numbers and vehicle make and model
- Take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries.
3. Seek Prompt Medical Attention
Prompt medical treatment is a vital part of the recovery process. But it’s also a crucial part of making your case.
In a personal injury suit, drawing a causal relationship between your medical issues and the accident is an integral part of getting the compensation you deserve. Getting prompt medical attention will create a paper trail of medical records that can support this causal connection.
What happens if you delay medical treatment?
The insurance company for the at-fault party will use that as an argument against the causal relationship – the question of whether the accident caused your injuries. They will make a case that you weren’t all that badly hurt anyway since you were slow to seek medical attention. Or that something besides the accident caused your injury.
After an accident, go to the ER. And always follow up with your PCP. Continue with your treatments until your doctor says you’re recovered. If you stop treatment early, the at-fault party’s insurance company will argue that you’re not severely injured.
4. Be on High Alert When Talking to the Insurance Company
The at-fault driver’s insurance company will try to get you on record after the accident. This is a tactic for trying to trick you into saying something against your best interests. Please don’t do it. We always advise our clients not to give a recorded statement to the at-fault insurance party.
5. Consider All Current and Future Damages
Broken bones and bruises may not be the only things you’re trying to cope with. Rarely do personal injury damages begin and end with just the physical.
You may also be suffering from emotional and psychological problems, like PTSD. The financial fallout from an accident can also increase your emotional distress and suffering.
It’s essential to speak to a personal injury lawyer after an accident. They can help evaluate the extent of your damages and fight to get the maximum compensation for your case.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can also extrapolate the extent of your future damages and make a compelling case for increased compensation. For example, your injuries may result in needing surgery in several years, even if you’ve finished with your current treatment regimen.
6. Prioritize Your Case
A personal injury claim is a marathon, not a sprint. Perseverance will go a long way toward helping you achieve the maximum amount possible for your injuries. Make your case a priority and continue working on it in the time leading up to trial.
- Gather pertinent details and follow-up medical reports
- Document, document, document
- Follow-up with the witness and gather statements to help bolster your case
Your attorney will also be working hard on your case. They’ll be gathering depositions and records. Your perseverance and your attorney’s tenacity will show the at-fault party that you’re determined to win.
7. Be Careful on Social Media
Social media is a huge part of many people’s lives. You may be tempted to document your personal injury trials and tribulations on your profiles. We advise our clients to stay away from social media when going through a personal injury case.
The opposing side will be looking at your social media profiles, trying to find evidence against you. Please stay away from social media, so you don’t give them any ammunition.
8. Hire an Experienced MA Personal Injury Lawyer
Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer is the key to winning your case and getting the maximum compensation you deserve.
An experienced lawyer will understand how to gather and present the evidence in a compelling way that establishes a connection between the accident and your injuries. With an experienced attorney at your side, you’ll have an unwavering ally who can advise you and fight on your behalf.
Attorney Richard Rafferty has helped many clients get the maximum compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering. Contact the law offices of Eden Rafferty today for a free consultation with personal injury lawyer Richard Rafferty.