Preventable injuries are one of the common causes of death in the U.S. If you have sustained an injury as a result of another party’s negligent acts, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation to help offset the resulting economic and non-economic losses.
However, to win the compensation you deserve for your damages, you need to understand the aspects of your injury case that you are in control of. When filing your claim, it is crucial that you know that what you do, or fail to do, following your injury really matters.
Here are two tips that can help you maximize compensation during your personal injury case.
Row your ducks
Like in any legal matter, you will win or lose your personal injury claim based on the kind of evidence you present in court. To boost the odds of winning your case, you need to prove the following:
- That the other driver was at fault
- That there was breach of duty
- That you suffered an injury due that their breach of duty
Some of the resources you can use as evidence in your personal injury claim include:
- The doctor’s report
- Police report if you sustained the injury in a car accident
- CCTV footage if the injury happened at work
- Employer’s incident report
File your claim on time
Every state has a time frame within which you must file your personal injury claim against the at-fault party. This is known as the statute of limitations. California statute of limitations requires that you file your personal injury lawsuit against the at fault party within two years effective the date of the accident. This time period is even shorter when you are suing a government agency. In this case, you are required to file your administrative claim within six months effective the date of your injury. No matter how strong your case is, you risk losing your right to compensation if your file your claim after the expiry of the statute of limitations period.
A personal injury can turn your life upside down. These are just some of the tips that can help maximize your compensation once you have decided to sue the negligent party for your injuries.