So you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident. What’s going to happen now? Your family’s income might be dramatically reduced while medical expenses shoot through the roof. You might be worried about how you’re going to pay your rent or mortgage, pay your other debts, buy groceries, and care for your kids. There’s not doubt that it’s a stressful and overwhelming time in your life, but you’ll get through this and skilled legal teams like ours are here to help. By being diligent and understanding the law, you can work to build a personal injury case that puts you and your family’s needs at the forefront.
Ways to build your personal injury case
If your or your loved one’s injuries were caused by the negligence of another, then a personal injury lawsuit might seem pretty straightforward. However, the truth of the matter is that these cases can be much more challenging than you think. But there are things that you can do to help build your case and ensure that you have the best chance possible of finding accountability, recovering compensation, and ensuring your family’s stability.
- Accident reconstruction: A lot of car crashes involve multiple vehicles, which can make it challenging to determine who is at fault. This can make it difficult to present evidence to impose liability, which in turn might jeopardize your claim. This is where an accident reconstruction might prove beneficial. Here, an expert analyzes every facet of the case, from tire marks to vehicle resting positions to weather and road conditions, to determine how an accident occurred and who is to blame. The report that they generate at the conclusion of their investigation can be powerful evidence at trial.
- Anticipate comparative negligence arguments: One way that defendants try to avoid as much liability as possible is by arguing comparative fault. Here, the defendant simply tries to shift blame for the accident back onto you. Under New York law, your recovery can be reduced by the percentage of fault that is allocated to you, so you could end up falling far short of recovering your actual damages if the defense successfully argues that you’re partially at fault for the accident in question. Therefore, you need to anticipate these arguments and be prepared to counter them.
- Engage in thorough preparations: To succeed on your claim, you need to know every aspect of your case from both your perspective and the defense’s. That’s why diligent preparation, including diligent discovery practices, is key. You need to talk to your witnesses and know what they are going to say, and you should depose the other side’s witnesses if you need to learn what they know and lock in their testimony for potential use at trial. You’ll want to gather relevant documents, such as police and toxicology reports as well as medical records, and you may need to prepare expert witnesses to testify. There’s a lot of work ahead of you here, but it is crucial to your success.
- Focus on your family: It’s easy to get caught up in the legalities of your case and forget what’s really at stake. Your family is the most important thing to you, so you should keep your focus there. Try to find ways to reduce the impact of your injuries on your life and set realistic goals for your recovery. Be open-minded to your recovery options and focus on the things that you can still do rather that what your injuries have taken away from you. We know all of this is way easier said than done, but it’s a starting point on your road to true recovery.
Have a true legal advocate on your side
We know Brooklyn and the people who live here. We don’t give in and we don’t give up. We fight for what is right and just. It’s no different in a personal injury case. Our firm has staked its reputation in providing big city representation with small town service. That means that every case gets the individualized attention it deserves. Our approach has been successful, and our results prove it. So if you’re looking for strong representation for your personal injury claim, then we encourage you to continue to browse our website to see what we have to offer.