Mistake #3: Failing to keep effective records
This is a critical point that we will continue to hammer. You need to collect and remember as much information as you think might be necessary – even information that you think would only be glancingly relevant. Keep receipts, medical bills, police reports. Log conversations with anyone from an insurance company. Write down witness statements. Take photos. Journal your own experience. Write down exactly what your doctor said and when she said it. By documenting your losses, your experiences, witness statements when they happen, etc., you are developing an arsenal of potential ammunition to knock Goliath out. Without this documentation, you may have a harder time proving the value of your claim, establishing liability, etc. However, in order to keep effective records in your personal, wrongful death or accident case, you need the right personal injury lawyer, wrongful death lawyer or accident lawyer shepherding you and taking the lead in investigating, gathering information and keeping records and making decisions on how to use the records and information gathered. Without the right personal injury lawyer, wrongful death lawyer or accident lawyer, you will be wondering around in the legal desert not know how to get to your destination.
Aaron Gartlan is a graduate of Troy University and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law who focuses his practice exclusively on representing those injured by the wrongdoing of others. He is member of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition to his legal practice, Aaron teaches Business Law as an adjunct instructor at Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business and serves as a field artillery sergeant in the Alabama National Guard.