After an accident, you are likely facing hefty medical bills and property damage costs. To make matters worse, you might be out of work without pay, so it is understandable to be worried about how you will cover accident-related expenses. When another person’s negligent conduct was to blame, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. Doing so will be difficult but hiring a South Florida injury attorney can make the process less complicated.
When accident victims look for attorneys, they want to ensure that they are hiring the right lawyer. Unfortunately, many people only focus on what an attorney can do for their case and do not think about how they can help their lawyer through the personal injury process. Keep the following in mind to ensure your lawsuit runs as smoothly as possible.
Be Honest with Your Lawyer
You never want to share too much information about a Florida accident with insurance companies. They may use those details against you to deny or reduce your claim. Conversely, you should tell your attorney everything about the incident. Even if you think you were partially to blame for the accident. Remember, everything you tell them is in confidence, and they will only reveal that information if necessary. Your injury lawyer will only use this information to build a case against the other party.
Respond to Your Attorney
Clients expect their attorney to respond to them promptly, and attorneys expect the same. Additionally, not responding to your lawyer on time may harm your case. For example, they may contact you to sign a document. Failure to respond or sign the form may jeopardize your case and settlement. Ultimately, if you do not respond to their calls, emails, or letters, you waste both your time and your attoney’s.
Attend All Medical Appointments
If you are claiming to have sustained a severe injury, you must attend all medical appointments. Insurers are always looking for mistakes, and skipping appointments is a mistake. Not only could it be harmful to your health, but insurance companies or courts may assume that you were not hurt as badly as you claim. Additionally, provide your attorney with all your medical bills. They are vital for your lawyer to calculate your economic damages.
Cooperate in the Discovery Process
While most personal injury cases settle outside of court, some may go to trial. This may happen for various reasons, including the insurance company not offering a fair settlement or the other party filing a counterclaim. When this happens, the defense will send your lawyer written questions for you to answer and request documents. You need to answer and send the requested documents promptly. Otherwise, a court might dismiss the case.
Be Patient throughout the Case
A personal injury lawsuit can be lengthy. It takes time to gather necessary evidence, such as police reports, witness statements, and medical paperwork. Additionally, insurers tend to drag their feet before making any payments. Be patient, and trust your attorney. If you push them to rush through the process, you may lose out on the compensation needed to cover accident-related costs.
Ask Questions Regarding Your Lawsuit
If you do not understand something about your injury case, ask your lawyer to explain it. You should be aware of your case’s status and what to expect throughout the process. The better you understand, the more you can help your lawyer and case.
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in South Florida Are Here to Help
If you sustained injuries because of another party’s negligence, contact the Baker Legal Team. Our team of skilled attorneys has the skill and experience needed to handle various injury cases, including car accidents, slip and falls, and swimming pool accidents. Led by Board-Certified Attorney Robert Baker, you can be confident that we will do everything possible to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call (561) 320-0000 or complete our contact form.