A personal injury lawyer in LA from our firm can do so much to help your case. From the moment our initial consultation ends, we hit the ground running for you. Extensive investigations, negotiations with the other side and more – we do everything we can to get you the compensation that you deserve. One question we get quite a bit from our clients is: “is there any way that I can help my own case?” it’s important to note that you should leave all the hard work to your attorneys. Indeed, that’s why you hired us. That being said, in this blog, we’ll cover some ways that you can help your own case and how it works.
The first thing we want to say here is that we don’t want you to do too much. You hired attorneys for a reason. The last thing you should have to worry about as you recover from an injury is your own case. Professionals, like the lawyers at our firm, know how these cases work. We can make a compelling case for you while you do your best to bounce back from the injury. Your family, your job, the people who care about you and count on you – that’s what you should be focused on. Let us handle the case, and you can focus on what’s most important.
One very important way that you can help your case is to be as honest as possible, particularly when talking to medical professionals. If you have any pre-existing conditions, mention them. That’s just one example. You might think that to do so, to be too honest to someone providing you with medical help, could hurt your case. Actually, it makes your case that much stronger. You always want to be as honest with medical professionals. It’s important to your case, and really it’s important to you recovering quickly and thoroughly.
In a very real way, your honesty is important to counteracting the insurance company’s dishonesty. To use the example of pre-existing conditions, say that you suffered a leg injury in your youth. Then, many years later, you’re in an auto accident. Your leg gets hurt again. You want compensation to pay for the medical bills that will result from this, as the accident certainly wasn’t your fault. Your medical provider is aware of your pre-existing condition in this case. Then, throughout the course of the case, the insurance company argues that the injury wasn’t really that bad. After all, you had a pre-existing condition. So, they shouldn’t have to pay as much, it’s not that bad, etc.
We have experience with beating that kind of argument. We can bring in our team of experts, our medical professionals. The medical pros can argue convincingly and in easy to understand, down to Earth language about how the pre-existing condition isn’t what caused your injury. By that same token, our investigators can show what really happened in the accident/when you were injured. They can show that it wasn’t at all your fault, and the insurance company is wrong. That’s a case we’ve made many times before while getting big compensation for our clients.
If you don’t mention your pre-existing condition to your medical provider, then that could go very differently. The insurance company could find out about your pre-existing condition, in fact they almost invariably will. Then, they can make an easy argument about how you hid your pre-existing condition because you knew that’s what really was responsible for your injury and not the accident. They’ll be able to say (with some degree of legitimacy) “the injured party lied about their pre-existing condition, what else did they lie about?” that makes it so much more difficult for you to get the compensation that you deserve. Being honest, particularly with your medical provider, is so important.
Another great way to help your own case is to take pictures of your injury. On top of that, you’ll also probably want to take as many pictures as you can of where the injury took place. You don’t have to do this. It’s not 100% necessary, but it can help. When people ask us what they can do for their own case, this is one of the first things we recommend. In our modern day, with our smart phones and similar devices, it’s easier than ever to take plenty of pictures. Of course, only do this if you’re physically able, if it doesn’t cause you a lot of pain, and so forth.
Getting pictures of your injury is important at the beginning. Pictures of your injuries when you’re first injured can show just how bad the injury was. Over time, you’ll hopefully heal and get much better. The best case scenario is that you heal entirely and feel even better than you did before the injury occurred. That’s what we’re all hoping for. The more pictures that you can take at the beginning will serve as a record of how bad the injury was. These pictures can be powerful, visually compelling evidence throughout the case. If this is difficult for you to do, you may want to ask a family member, loved one or close associate to do so.
On top of that, though it might seem a bit unnecessary or even paradoxical, you may want to take some pictures of your body as you heal, too. Again, you should only do this if it’s easy and possible for you to do so. Keeping track of your injuries as you get better and better can serve the same function as the pictures of your injuries when they just occurred: they can show how bad your injuries are. These injuries can show how awful your injuries were, should the insurance company ever try to argue that your injuries weren’t that bad, or that you’re exaggerating. After all, it’s very difficult to call someone a “faker” or malingerer when you have visual evidence. These pictures can come in quite handy.
The earlier you contact us at the LA Injury Group, the easier it can be for us to make you case. As soon as the insurance company knows about your injury, they’re going to get started on your case. They’ll be working from the moment they hear. That means that we’ll be playing catch up to them, particularly at the very beginning of the case. The sooner you get to us, the easier it is for us to catch up to them. Another important reason to reach out to us sooner as opposed to later is that our investigators can make an investigation before the evidence goes away.
To use an example, imagine that you’re in a car accident. Maybe in your accident, you hit a tree and maybe the other party hit a building. The skid marks on the road could wash away. The debris from the building could be cleaned up, as could be the trees that you ran into. If you call us after this evidence has already gone away, it makes it a little harder on our investigators, and ultimately makes your case that much more difficult to prove. To be clear, we still get our clients the compensation they deserve even when they don’t call us immediately.
The point of this blog was just to show some ways that you can help your own case. You don’t have to follow these, but they can help your case. To start the process, just give us a call at (818) 240-1800 or head to our site. Then, you can schedule a free consultation with us. We’ll sit down with you and figure out the best way to move forward with your personal injury case quickly.