When trying to understand your personal injury case, remember there are many parts that help decide the ending verdict. At Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm, our goal is to help you know what to do and when it must be done to ensure you have a strong claim. The personal injury process can be long, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Know the dos and don’ts of your personal injury case by following these steps to help ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to and have a smooth process from injury to recovery.
Do seek medical attention before doing anything else.
Do call the police, in appropriate cases, such as a car accident.
Do cooperate with all law enforcement and emergency personnel who respond to the scene.
Do get the license plate numbers of all other vehicles involved in car accidents and the drivers’ names, addresses, telephone numbers, and insurance information.
Do get the name and address of the animal’s owner and any license information if you were injured by an animal bite or attack.
Do write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all potential witnesses who were present for your accident.
Do contact your health, homeowner’s, and/or car insurance companies, as appropriate.
Do take photographs of all of the following, as applicable, as soon as possible after the accident:
- The scene of the accident, from all angles;
- The surrounding area;
- The product or animal that caused your injuries;
- Your injuries;
- Any property damage.
Do stay in communications with your personal injury lawyer and immediately update him/her of any changes in your contact information.
Do ask your warrior personal injury lawyer questions if you do not understand any aspect of your personal injury case.
Do comply with your personal injury lawyers request for information, documents, and records.
Do appear at all meetings, depositions, hearings, etc. that your personal injury lawyer has scheduled for you.
Do tell your personal injury lawyer everything about your accident and injury/injuries whether you think it may help or hurt your case.
Do tell the truth.
Do save important documents such as:
- Medical bills;
- Documents from doctors and hospitals;
- Letters from individuals responsible for your injury;
- Letters from insurance companies;
- Emails or other correspondence from witnesses;
- Police reports or witness statements;
- Handwritten notes detailing your accident.
Don’t move your vehicle after a car accident unless necessary for safety or required by law.
Don’t subject yourself to further injury by standing or waiting in an area with high traffic or other safety hazards.
Don’t leave the scene of an accident until the police tell you it is okay to do so.
Don’t throw away any potential evidence, such as defective products, or torn or blood-stained clothing.
Don’t throw away or attempt to hide evidence.
Don’t admit guilt or apologize to anyone. It may later be used as evidence that you were legally at fault.
Don’t sign anything without consulting with a personal injury lawyer.
Don’t agree to settlement terms without contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Don’t let the opposing attorney or the circumstances get you angry or frustrated.
Don’t withhold information from your personal injury lawyer as to how the accident happened, the injuries you received, or your pre-accident medical condition. All discussions with your personal injury lawyer are privileged and cannot be disclosed.
Don’t discuss your case with others as the attorney/client privilege may not apply.
Don’t discuss your case with insurance companies or their “investigators.”
Don’t forget there is a time limit for filing your personal injury claim known as the statute of limitations. The length of the statute of limitations for a personal injury or wrongful death claim is generally two years in the state of Illinois.
Don’t post on social media about your accident and be very careful on what you do post as it could be later used against you.
Injured? Contact Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm!
If you are injured in an accident caused by the negligence or mistake of another, it is important that you seek compensation for medical bills and other damages. When looking for an experienced personal injury lawyer in Illinois, consider Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm. With over 25 years of experience and a bilingual staff, Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm is dedicated to providing you with the aggressive legal representation you need. We provide an initial consultation free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if we win your case! Contact Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm at 312-377-7000 today!