Personal injury cases can go in a multitude of directions. Every case is unique in the sense that there could be no outcome or a significant outcome. Nobody knows the complications and pain you are enduring better than you. It’s of the utmost importance that you hire a personal injury lawyer who is well-prepared to take on your case.
There are a handful of mistakes that can be avoided when making your personal injury case. Though our attorneys personally walk our clients through each step of the process, here are ten mistakes to avoid when claiming a personal injury lawsuit.
1. Don’t prolong filing a lawsuit
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Florida is four years. This may seem like plenty of time, but it can pass by before you know it. Recovering from an injury can take time, and it’s important to make every effort to recover as fast as possible. Bringing your personal injury case to court is also important because you deserve to be compensated if someone else is liable when your case cannot be settled out of court.
2. Don’t think you can’t afford a lawyer
If our personal injury attorneys don’t win the case, we don’t charge our clients a penny. Many victims may feel like they can’t afford a lawyer, or that they will lose money if they take their case to court and it does not succeed. This is not the reality for personal injury cases that Porcaro Law handles. There is no fee unless we make a recovery on your case.
3. Don’t settle too early or without your lawyer
Big numbers can put pressure on victims to settle before bringing their personal injury case to court. Do not give in to any offers without your lawyer present. What seems like a healthy compensation could be lacking depending on the extent of your injury and there could be a higher settlement offer expressed in the courtroom. Always seek the advice of your personal injury attorney before making any financial decisions.
4. Always consider the long-term effects
If you’ve suffered from an injury due to an accident that has majorly altered your life, keep in mind the long-term effects you will endure. All situations are different, but it’s important to gather all the medical information you can so you can be compensated for your future expenses on treatment.
5. Investigate the accident inside and out
There may be more parties who are liable for your injury than you may consider. It’s smart to investigate your situation to retain knowledge of all people involved. Be sure to gather any law enforcement and paramedic statements that will empower your personal injury case, as well as your medical records and signed statements from your doctor.
6. Even if you are partially to blame for the accident, don’t allow it to discourage you from making your case
One mistake many victims make right from the start is thinking they don’t have a case if they are partially at fault for their injury. There still is a chance to be compensated by those who are at fault to any degree other than you. Never assume that since you were partially responsible, nobody else is to blame. Personal injury cases come in many shapes and forms, and we’re here to assist you in making your case.
7. Be sure to build a relationship with your attorney
All relationships matter, especially the one you have with your personal injury lawyer. Building a foundation of respect and trust with your attorney is essential at the beginning stages of filing. You want a reliable professional who will recover the settlement you’re seeking.
The attorney-client relationship is a two-way street and both parties should maintain a level agreement throughout the personal injury claims process. Maintaining a professional and friendly relationship with your lawyer is the key to success. Communication is key.
8. Do not hesitate to ask questions
If you’re filing a personal injury claim, be sure to gather as much information as you can and also, do not forget to ask questions. Never go into a situation with limited or zero knowledge of what you need, and how to obtain it. All questions you have should be asked and brought up throughout your case and our team is here to assist you with the answers. There’s nothing worse than not knowing, and if you’re unsure of anything during the process, do not hesitate to speak up. See important questions to ask your personal injury lawyer.
If you’ve been injured in an auto-accident or due to someone else’s negligence, Porcaro Law is committed to helping you get the treatment and compensation you deserve. If you’re currently searching for personal injury attorneys in South Florida, contact us now to receive a free consultation.
With Porcaro Law by your side, you will feel confident knowing that your rights are protected and the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.
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