How to Win Your Catastrophic Injury Case
When people approach us for help after sustaining a catastrophic injury, they’re often nervous about what’s to come. A legal issue often offers a lot of uncertainty, which is the last thing anyone who has just sustained a serious, life-changing condition needs.
While there are no guarantees that you’ll be successful in pursuing your legal options, there are several things you can do to improve your chances of a successful outcome, and they’re simpler than you might think. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you have the best chance to win your catastrophic injury case.
Seek Medical Treatment to Document Your Injuries
Having a medical professional review your injuries early on is important for several reasons:
- Prevent serious injuries: Your health needs to come first. You can make your injuries significantly worse if you don’t get treatment as soon as possible. The faster you can see a doctor, the faster your doctors can move to try to prevent your injuries from getting any worse.This is especially critical for catastrophic injuries like back, neck, or brain-related conditions.
- Document your condition: Your doctor will also be able to evaluate your medical condition and document your progress from the very beginning. This reduces the ability of the liable party from claiming something else caused your injuries if there is a significant gap between the accident and your treatment.
Collect & Keep Evidence
When you have been seriously injured, whoever is responsible for covering your losses will want to know what types of treatments are being undertaken in order to try to improve your condition. They’ll also want to know how your injury is progressing as a result of these treatments and specifics of what extent you have suffered. All of these things will play a role in your case, so it’s important to be able to prove your claims, and obtaining as much documenting evidence as possible can help you do so.
Some crucial evidence that is important for a claim include:
- Medical records: Perhaps the most valuable type of evidence is medical records and reports from your doctor, detailing your progression and the extent of your injuries, which means you should be regularly seeing your doctor for check-ups and further treatment.
- Accident reports: This can include police reports from a car accident or an incident report if your accident occurred at a place of business. Having these reports can create a link between your injuries and the accident.
- Witness statements: If there were any witnesses to your accident, make sure you have written statements from them.
- Photographs: Any photographic evidence of your injuries and the accident can make a difference in a claim. Include the photos showing the extent of your injuries, property damage, what the accident scene looked like, etc.
- Pain journal: You may be advised you keep a journal of your injuries and the pain you experience as you recover. Be as detailed as possible by documenting any difficulties your injuries have caused you in your daily life, and other ways it has impacted you.
The evidence you provide can also help you determine the value of your claim based on the extent of your injuries and losses. Your attorney can walk you through what is needed and the type of evidence that can be valuable in your claim.
Be Honest & Consistent
The absolute last thing you want to do is lie about your condition, especially to your San Francisco injury attorney. There’s nothing to gain from it: false information prohibits them from being able to do their job properly, and misinformation could land you in hot water legally, especially if it’s submitted as evidence in court. Be open and honest about your claim, especially with your lawyer, remembering that they’re on your side and they can only help you receive the best possible outcome if they have all of the correct and proper facts.
For a case evaluation, call the Scarlett Law Group today at (415) 688-2176!