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The Wide, Wide World of Personal Injury Attorneys

When you think of personal injury cases, you probably picture two parties standing in front of a judge who decides how much one party has to pay the other. Indeed, this is how some personal injury cases end up being concluded. But many are actually settled out of court. Your attorney files a suit against the defendant, and then the defendant's lawyer presents you with an offer for a certain amount of money if you agree not to go to court. You and your personal injury attorney decide whether or not to accept that offer, which is called a settlement. As you can see, personal injury lawyers do a lot more than just go to court. You can learn more about the many nuances of their jobs on this blog.

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Playing Your Part After An Accident

If another driver has caused you injuries and wrecked your car, you probably deserve some compensation. To get paid, you will need to do the right thing and get some professional legal help. A personal injury lawyer can improve your chances of being paid what you need. However, the lawyer will do a better job if you do your part as well. For some guidance on helping your case by playing your part, read on.

Keep Up with Paperwork

An accident can include a confusing array of issues — all of them seemingly important. You can best handle everything by getting organized. Get a folder with pockets for your paperwork and put your medical papers, the accident report, insurance correspondence, and more in the folder.

Take Notes

After an accident, it's difficult to know how long your personal injury situation will last. Many accident victims settle their cases within weeks. However, if you take your case to court, the accident situation could go on for months. It can become difficult to remember details if you don't write them down.

With that in mind, create a memory aid by beginning a journal. Any notebook will work for your accident journal. Write in the journal daily and begin with what you can remember about the accident and what happened after that. A journal will help you heal by writing down all the little details that can make things feel so confusing. Moreover, you will need to be able to refer to your journal as you speak to your personal injury lawyer, as you participate in a deposition, and when you testify on the stand at the trial, if it comes to that.

Make Your Health a Priority

You may have a long journey back to health if you have been badly injured. Take good care of yourself by continuing to see your doctor after the accident. Keep in touch with your lawyer and report to them every time you have an appointment. Your lawyer will be monitoring your progress via your medical records.

At some point, you may reach a point where your injuries have stabilized, and you are at MMI. Maximum medical improvement is a point in your healing where your medical caregivers have a good idea of what your future medical needs will be. That means your lawyer can calculate that expense and demand payment for what you are owed now and in the future.

If you do the above, you will be giving your case a huge boost. Speak to a personal injury accident lawyer to find out more.