Five Signs You Have a Winning Case
If you were injured in an accident, you might be wondering if you have enough evidence to win a personal injury case. Knowing the signs of a winning case can help put your mind at ease and give you the confidence you need to move forward.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help determine the value of your claim and let you know how to best proceed to recover fair compensation for your injuries. After you’ve been injured, you want to play your best cards to your best advantage.
That’s why you must keep your emotions in check and approach decisions objectively. Even if your case does have merit, there may be weaknesses the opposing party can exploit. When you work with an experienced Lake Charles personal injury attorney, they can help you build a solid case that supports your claim. While there are no guarantees, here are five signs that you have a strong personal injury case.
If you have irrefutable evidence, it will be nearly impossible for the opposing party to create doubt, find loopholes, or deny your claim. Irrefutable hard evidence includes things like video footage, CCTV footage, pictures, medical records, or voice recording.
Louisiana is a one-party consent state. This means that it is against the law to record any conversations without the consent of at least one person in the conversation. You’re legally allowed to record a conversation if you’re involved in the conversation, and the other person is not informed.
Another example of irrefutable evidence is a recording of the at-fault party admitting fault after an accident.
Medical Records Document Your Injuries
Physical injuries that are fresh can also prove your claim. When wounds, bone fractures, and other serious physical injuries cannot be caused by self-infliction and your medical records document when you sustained them, this can help support your claim for compensation.
We recommend that our clients see their healthcare provider as soon as possible after an accident. Even if you believe you have not been injured or if the accident was minor, you want your healthcare provider to document your physical status. Injuries that are not immediately apparent at the accident scene can show up hours or days later.
You Were Injured After Someone’s Negligent Act
Negligence on the part of another person helps support a personal injury claim. For example, if you were hit by a drunk driver or slipped and fell in a puddle of grease left on the floor in a business establishment, these are negligent acts that indicate you have a strong case.
Some of the more common personal injury claims come from slip and fall accidents, automobile or other vehicular accidents, and on-the-job accidents. After any accident, do not sign a waiver form without talking to your Louisiana personal injury attorney. Any forms you sign after an accident can severely limit your ability to recover compensation for your injuries.
You Haven’t Inadvertently Harmed Your Case
Unfortunately, sometimes even the smallest slip of the tongue can inadvertently weaken your claim. For example, saying “I’m sorry” after a car accident or telling a business owner that you’re not hurt after a slip and fall can create enough doubt that the insurance company may deny your claim.
Also, it is important not to post information about the accident or pictures of yourself on social media. Any information or images can be misconstrued to show that your injuries are not as serious as you say they are. This gives the insurance company ample evidence to reduce your compensation or deny your claim.
History of a Similar Event or the Defendant Admits Fault
If the person who caused the accident has a history that includes a similar event, or if the defendant admits fault for an accident, these are two significant factors that indicate you have a winning case.
Patterns of behavior are considered when an insurance company or court evaluates the evidence behind a claim. For example, if you were hurt after being struck by a distracted driver and that driver had a history of two other similar incidents, this works in your favor.
Contact Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC for Help Getting Fair Compensation
If you are involved in an accident that was not your fault, contact the Lake Charles personal injury attorneys of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC today. Our legal team includes skilled negotiators and tenacious litigators who will fight hard to protect your rights and get you fair compensation.
Call our office today at 337-800-8800 for your free, confidential consultation. You will sit down with one of our experienced attorneys, who will listen to the details of your case and answer your questions.