Why You Must be Up Front with Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Dealing with the implications of an accident is something most of us never worry about, at least until we have a reason to because we have found ourselves injured because of someone else’s negligence. However, life can be totally altered in just a few moments whether from a car accident, a defective product, or due to one of many other personal injury origins. It’s best to know how to protect yourself and to understand why you should have an experienced legal team on your side to do the fighting for you. It is also imperative that you understand the steps you should undertake in this context, one of the most important being that you should be completely forthcoming with your personal injury attorney.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After an Accident
You are not legally required to have a lawyer handle your personal injury claim. However, your chances for winning your case and getting the compensation you deserve are much higher if you have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can not only represent you, but will also know all the ways to ensure that you are building and presenting a solid case. For example, an attorney can:
- Help you ensure you don’t settle too early in your medical treatment
- Advise you of alternate options such as the fact that you may be able to recover from your own insurance
- Ensure that you comply with required deadlines such as the statute of limitations
- Guide you toward a settlement that may be far more than what you assumed your injuries were worth
The Need to Disclose Important Information
Deciding to obtain the help of an attorney is a great choice – but some accident victims subsequently make the mistake of not fully informing their attorney of facts that may adversely affect their case. Some people mistakenly assume certain information is not actually relevant to their claim while others assume the information won’t be revealed. Either way, failing to disclose relevant information to your attorney can be detrimental to a personal injury claim.
Some of the things you should disclose to your attorney are:
- Prior injuries
- Relevant preexisting medical problems
- Other lawsuits or injury claims
- All medical providers seen
- Any accidents that occurred afterward
It is imperative that every accident victim understands that defendants and their insurance companies have access to databases that they can use to look up whether a plaintiff had a claim or lawsuit for a similar incident. Additionally, don’t underestimate the power of the Internet these days which has made it much easier for adverse parties to find other information. If you disclose factors that could be adverse to your claim up front, then your attorney will probably be able to deal with and overcome them. However, if you fail to and your attorney prepares your claim based on bad information, you can lose all credibility and may even be unable to recover for your claim whatsoever.
We Will be Up Front with You
As the personal injury attorneys at Leifer Law Firm with offices in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, we are here to guide you through the maze of a personal injury claim and focus on fighting for you while you focus your energy on your recovery. We believe in the value of aggressively taking action on behalf of our clients and we will do everything within our power to see that the other thing does the right thing and provides you with the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to begin.