When Should You Think About Getting An Attorney?
Once you’re already looking at a court date for a lawsuit involving personal injury or even wrongful death, you’re already at the stage where you’re probably very grateful to have an experienced, knowledgeable trial attorney as your advisor and guide. But the road to a trial is a long one, and it all begins with the decision to actually get the services of a personal injury lawyer.
But how do you make this decision? When is the time you should be considering this and when is it too early?
Medical Matters First
If it is you, yourself, that is injured in an accident, your first and foremost concern should be your own recovery. Look after your own health and, as an important, secondary concern, make sure that you are properly evaluated and have legitimate medical documentation about your injuries. This is a crucial step before going to a personal injury lawyer.
The reason for this is because if you want to conduct a personal injury lawsuit, you must first actually have inju-ries that would qualify. These injuries need to be medically verified. This is why, if you’ve just stepped out of a car after an accident, and you’re not even sure whether you’ve sustained an injury, you should not immediately be thinking about a lawsuit.
It is far more important, especially in the aftermath of an accident to get your medical “proof.” Even if you feel fine, get yourself evaluated by a doctor so that you have, on record, evidence that you were examined, the reason being that you were in an accident. You want to have this as a “failsafe,” even if you feel fine, because not all injuries immediately manifest at the time of the accident.
Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, or even spinal injuries may take longer to finally start showing evidence. However, if you didn’t go to a doctor after an accident, and then later report injuries, you may find yourself un-der suspicion from even your own insurance company! After all, if you were in an accident, but decided not to seek medical attention, and then later decided to undertake a lawsuit with “convenient” new injuries after the fact, this puts you at a legal disadvantage.
On the other hand, if you already have medical documentation stating that you were in an accident and were examined on the basis of that accident, it’s much more credible when symptoms appear later. The fact that medical experts have already written you down as an accident victim puts you in a stronger position.
Review Your Evidence
You should also be thinking about your accident and trying to piece together as much of your recollections of that event as possible, as well as any evidence that may have been gathered. If you’re sure that you’re not the one at fault for the accident, and you suspect you may even have evidence to corroborate this, see if you can start building on that. Did you, or anyone else take photos of the accident? Did you have a dashboard camera that was recording at the time and caught the incident on camera? Can you produce these as evidence?
Make Your Choice
If you have medical documentation of your injuries, an honest belief that you are the victim of negligence, and even some evidence that you can present to start building a case, then now may be the time to finally start looking for a personal injury lawyer.
But even at this stage, you must be open to listening to the lawyer’s expertise. Cases aren’t simply accepted, a case review and evaluation is required. Be open to this and cooperate as much as you can, and a personal injury lawyer might just offer to represent your interests.