How can I maximize my California personal injury claim?
If you are injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you might have a personal injury case. To maximize your personal injury claim, there are a few things that you should do right away.
First, you need to collect and preserve evidence that supports your personal injury claim. This includes police accident reports, eyewitness testimony, photos from the accident scene, photos of your injuries after the accident and as they heal, employment records documenting any absences and lost wages, and any other documents that support your claim.
You should also get medical treatment right away. Having a doctor examine you and receiving treatment are the only way to properly document the extent of your injuries. Failure to do this can drastically reduce the value of a personal injury case.
Next, you should contact a personal injury attorney. An insurance company or the other party may make you a settlement offer, but a personal injury attorney can help you get the most out of your personal injury claim. They will be able to evaluate the long-term impacts of the accident, such as physical therapy costs, decreased productivity at work, and other ongoing expenses. They will also help you build an ironclad case, including serving discovery demands, collecting depositions, requesting records, gathering expert opinions, and filing all of the necessary paperwork with the proper offices.