The thought of pursuing a personal injury lawsuit can be daunting. In fact, it might feel like just another thing to add to your already long list of matters to address. You may even think that you’re undeserving of the recovery that could come from one of these claims, so why waste the time and energy to file and litigate one of these claims?
Well, the truth of the matter is that you very well may be entitled to compensation for your accident injuries. And although you may be hesitant to pursue legal action, attorneys like those at our law firm can help you build the persuasive legal arguments that you need on your side to position yourself for success. That way, the process doesn’t feel as burdensome to you. In other words, you can let an attorney go to work for you.
Simple steps you can take to get the ball rolling
As you prepare to proceed with your claim, though, there are some easy steps that you can take to help build your case. Here are some of them:
- Talk to witnesses: You’re going to need evidence to support your claim, which frequently comes from eyewitness testimony. As you talk to these individuals, make sure that you’re getting detailed accounts and that you’re taking down their contact information. That way your attorney can follow up as needed and ensure that those witnesses are prepared to testify on your behalf, if needed.
- Seek out the treatment that you need: The most important thing following your accident is your health. Therefore, you need to seek medical treatment and follow your doctor’s recommendations. Doing this will also create a record of your medical expenses that have already been incurred, as well as what your prognosis and future treatment needs will be. This evidence can strengthen the damages portion of your case.
- Gather documentation: You and your attorney can work together to obtain any documentation that will help support your case. This may include medical records, employment records, and police reports. This evidence can support nearly every aspect of your case, so try to be diligent here.
- Be realistic about your driving actions: Connecticut recognizes comparative negligence, which means that any allocation of fault assigned to you will reduce your ultimate recovery amount. So, you’ll need to be prepared to defend your driving actions at the time of the wreck, especially since defense attorneys often use comparative negligence as a defense. By being realistic about your driving actions early in the preparation stages of your case, you can give yourself the time needed to formulate a strategy around it.
- Consider if you need experts: Again, this is something that you can discuss with your attorney. But there may be a need for an expert to testify about one or more aspects of your case. This can include causation when multiple vehicles were involved or the accident was otherwise complicated, or you may need a medical expert to testify about your injuries and your future need for medical treatment. Start thinking about who you may need on your side to tell a convincing story to the judge or jury.
Let an attorney do the heavy lifting
We know that you may be reluctant to take the first step in pursuing legal action, and that’s understandable. But you shouldn’t let your future be put at risk by the negligence of another driver who caused you avoidable harm. And the good news is that you don’t have to navigate the process on your own. Instead, a law firm that is well-versed in these cases, like ours, can do most of the work in building your case so that you can focus on what really matters: your recovery and reclaiming your normal life.