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3 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Dealing With A Personal Injury Lawsuit

by Alan Medina

Many people choose to file a personal injury lawsuit to get help paying for an accident or malicious that might have occurred against them. If you choose to file a personal injury lawsuit, it is important that you do everything you can to get the best outcome possible. This comes from avoiding these common mistakes.

1. Not Keeping Documentation

Documentation will be your best asset during a lawsuit. You need to have proof of everything that happened. If you do not have proof of the injuries, the accident, or any correspondence between the two parties, you will have a harder time winning the suit. This is why you should keep everything related to the accident. This includes any letters from insurance, doctor's bills, pictures from the accident, medical records, and so forth. All of these things will help to show accurately what happened and can help you estimate how much the lawsuit is worth.

2. Waiting Too Long To File The Lawsuit

Another common mistake that people make is waiting too long to file the lawsuit. This is very dangerous, because if you don't file within the statue of limitations, you could lose your chance to file, even if you have a great case against the other person.

Know that in some cases, the insurance companies will drag out the process so that you spend too much time trying to solve it on your own; then, when you try to file the lawsuit with a lawyer, it is too late. This is why it is best to talk to an attorney, such as one from Monohan & Blankenship, early on to figure out if a lawsuit is the right step to take.

3. Not Trying To Settle It On Your Own

Even though you shouldn't wait too long to file the lawsuit, you also should try to settle it on your own if possible. Lawsuits are expensive. If you can get restitution for all your pain and suffering without using an attorney, you can save a good deal of money. You should talk to the insurance company and the other party to see if you can find a quick and reasonable solution.

If you cannot solve the problem, it may be worth filing a lawsuit. But remember, you will have to pay a lawyer a good deal of the winnings if they are working on contingency, or pay them an hourly rate if not. This is why it is best to give it your best shot to solve it before you file a lawsuit. 

By avoiding these mistakes, you can be confident that you are ensuring a good outcome from your lawsuit.