Some people seek to vehemently quantify the difference between a catastrophic personal injury and a regular one and if we’re being honest, some differences DO exist. However, in the eyes of the law it cannot be suggested that those injuries that are not necessarily catastrophic are without the capacity to deserve substantial compensation. Regardless of the scope of your personal injury, you can attain financial recovery once there is merit in its genesis and once you and your lawyer handle the situation thoroughly and professionally from the get go. More important than trying to quantify how serious your injury is, is the importance of securing quality legal representation especially in those cases when the injury requires extensive and costly treatment that you may not be able to afford. Some injuries require significant medical treatment and may often have long-term or even permanent effects on an injured party’s life.
In the case of a catastrophic injury, sound medical attention can assist the injured party to achieving good or even excellent recovery. Whatever the way coin lands in the fate of how serious or not serious your injury is, without the aid of legal representation, you may find yourself struggling to shoulder the burden of treatment on your own and many people simply cannot do this. We’ve compiled a list of key things that you need to do to protect yourself from the pitfalls of personal injury. Of course, there are certain things you can do on your own to prevent injury all together, but life happens and many injuries are the result of accidents or negligence on someone else’s part. Without any further ado, onto our tips:
1. We’ve already discussed the importance of seeking quality legal representation. In today’s technology driven world, it is in your best interest to use the tools and resources around you not only to find a good legal representative but to also check their reputation and standing with the bar association. Nothing about building your case will be easy, not even hiring a lawyer, but it will go significantly more smoothly when you take the time to do some research. If you find a lawyer, look at the quality of his/her website (as he/she should have one) and see how much information he’s/she’s put on there. A good example of a site and a lawyer with whom you should aspire to liaise is GlenLernerChicago.com We’re not saying that all websites should look like this, but you need to have a gauge when you’re shopping around.
2. In the time prior to and leading up to your hearing, it is very important that you document everything. Save every bill, every piece of correspondence and any journal your progress or lack thereof. One thing that can sink a case no matter how great and talented the legal representation is the absence of supportive evidence to a claim. You can’t say that X was expensive and not have a bill for X to prove said expense. Keep documents and originals safe and make copies of everything too!