5 Keys to Winning Your Personal Injury Case

According to attorney Scott Monge, Founder of Monge & Associates and author of “Secrets to Win Your Injury Case,” here’s how you can prevent sabotaging your case.

If you’ve been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you should feel confident heading into your case that you’ll receive all the compensation you’re entitled to. After all, it’s you and your family who have been paying the price physically, emotionally, and financially. Your world has been turned upside down and the outcome of your injury case is crucial for your future.

But besides hiring a highly rated law firm to represent you, it is also up to you to make sure you don’t sabotage your own injury case.

It’s no secret that insurance companies are in business to make money. It’s important to keep in mind that they are more concerned with their own interests than yours. The insurance adjuster of the at-fault party might be friendly and seem helpful, but understand that their loyalty lies with the insurance company they’re employed by.

  1. Do Not Accept an Immediate Settlement: One of the most common moves made by insurance companies is to offer a meager settlement to a person before they even obtain legal counsel. The offer might sound like a lot of money at first but it’s never as much as you should receive. On average, cases with an attorney settle for three times more than those without. And it’s important remember that once you accept a settlement, the case in finished and you can’t go back and try to negotiate a new deal.
  2. Be Honest: Always be honest with insurance adjusters and case investigators. There are times when injured people stretch the truth or completely omit details in their case, but you should not do this because it immediately sends up red flags to insurance adjusters and case investigators, both of which typically have access to huge databases of information about you.
  3. Keep Good Records: As soon as the accident happens, you want to start documenting everything and continue until after the case is settled. Documents you should keep include: copy of the police report; notes, photos, videos and investigative materials; contact information of witnesses, doctors, attorneys, and insurance representatives; all correspondence from the insurance company; copies of all medical records and paperwork; receipts from medical expenses; a record of lost wages; a copy of any applicable insurance policies; car repair information if in an auto accidents; receipts and paperwork for any other expenses related to the accident.
  4. Don’t Underestimate the Value of Your Case: This goes back to not taking an early settlement because it’s easy to underestimate the cost of medical expenses. However, they are through the roof! The effects of an injury caused by an accident can linger and require years of rehabilitation. In some situations, there is permanent damage. You must make sure you’re getting a fair value for medical expenses and lost wages in your injury case settlement.
  5. Social Media: These days, a background check by insurance adjusters and case investigators means a look into your social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. Posting information or photos of your accident can quickly ruin your personal injury case. Also doing things like posting pictures of yourself riding a roller coaster can come back to bite you in your case. Also, do not take to social media to leave negative comments about the at-fault party. This will not reflect well upon you during your case.
27 Comments
  1. Aronberg Law says

    Learned some new stuff with very detailed information.

  2. Caden Dahl says

    If I got hurt and went to court, I would want to have proper legal help since I don’t know a whole lot about the system. Going off what you said, it would be essential to keep good records of everything that happened after the accident. This would help you out tremendously for the court case. In addition to that, I’d be sure to get professional help since I don’t know a lot about it.

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  4. Millie Hue says

    It got me when you said that cases with an attorney get their settlements two to three times more effective than those without. I will definitely have a lawyer for myself to help me out. This is because I have been in an accident this morning when my car skidded and hit a pole.

    1. Jack says

      That’s funny, because from personal experience the attorneys and medical care practitioners take 1/3 each (plus some extra BS fees). So if your case is relatively easy, try negotiating the settlement with the insurance carrier.

  5. Bree Ward says

    It’s definitely true that when injured in an accident that’s not your fault, you should be confident enough that you’ll receive your fair compensation. I like the way you presented tips to win an injury case. In the event that I experience this situation, I’ll make sure to seek legal advice first to know everything that I need to do. And to ensure that I get my compensation.

  6. Penelope Smith says

    Winning your personal injury case. it is good to know that you should think about keeping good records if you are going to court. That makes sense because you will need to show you the accident hurt you and disrupted your life.

  7. Adrian Jones says

    One of the important things to keep in mind when you’re about to enter a case that involves injuries sustained after a car accident is to never accept an immediate settlement since an attorney can help you get up to approximately three times the amount that would be offered by the insurance company if you choose to settle without hiring a lawyer. It’s also important to make sure that you are honest when you make a claim, especially with your lawyer and the insurance company so that you would be able to get the most out of what the insurance company would owe you. If I had the chance to work in the field of law then I would want to make sure that any and all potential accident injury cases I would handle would end well for the person filing the case.

  8. Marcus Coons says

    Thanks a lot when you mentioned how you should keep any documents or pictures from your accident. It is important to understand that doing some research can help you find the best way to get the settlement you need. As I see it, taking the time to find a good attorney can help you get the highest amount of compensation you can.

  9. Arianna Jones says

    One of the important things to keep in mind when looking for a personal injury lawyer is that you should keep a record of every single little piece of evidence since the lawyer who represents you might need a certain piece of evidence from a certain time to help throw the case together. The reason for this is that they are going to turn to you, the plaintiff, for the information that they would need when it comes to throwing the entire thing together. If I had a chance to look for a personal injury lawyer for myself, then I would certainly keep anything and everything related to the incident close by so that they can reference it for evidence as needed.

  10. Shayla Cademis says

    Thanks for your recommendation to avoid accepting an immediate settlement. It makes sense that you could get a better settlement after waiting to hear from an attorney and see the full extent of medical costs. I will need to find a good attorney in my local area to help with my case!

  11. Larry Weaver says

    Thanks for the tip to be honest in a personal injury case. My dad got in a pretty serious accident when he was strolling through the neighborhood, and he would like to be legally compensated. I’ll advise him to be honest in his dealings and hire an attorney who can help him out.

  12. Marcus Coons says

    I agree with you that you should be honest when trying to work with your personal injury case. It is important to understand that doing this can help you have all the facts in order. We need to help our dad with his car crash and medical bills, so I’m glad I found this.

  13. Marcus Coons says

    It helped when you mentioned how you should avoid posting on social media to avoid making a post that could affect your case. It is important to understand that avoiding this can avoid incrimination. Personally, I would want to have an attorney I can trust to help me with this.

  14. Sam Li says

    I like your tip about documenting everything in order to keep the case organized. When it comes to hiring the right attorney, it’s best to seek referrals from a trusted loved one. If I were to get hurt due to the fault of someone else, I would make sure to find an attorney that has been in the business for quite some time.

  15. Marcus Coons says

    Thanks for mentioning how you should be honest with the investigator when looking into accident attorneys. We need to find someone that can help keep my brother out of jail because of his car accident, so I wanted to look into it. As I see it, reading online reviews can help you find the most reputable attorney in your area to help with your case.

  16. Kellen Easton says

    Whenever you’ve been injured in an accident don’t be panic. You need to just follow steps that will protect you. After the accident, take pictures of the car and inform the police about the accident. Consult with a personal injury attorney immediately. While insurance companies are not evil, their job is to pay out low as possible and maintain profit while still protecting their client’s interest. Whenever you take your statement about the accident, firstly consult with the car accident lawyer and take advice and tips before saying anything off the cuff. Very important to always take advice from a lawyer and take steps that will protect you in all legal actions and you will win the case. Thank you.

  17. Penelope Smith says

    This is some really good information about personal injury law. It is good to know that it would be smart to keep good records. That does seem like it could really help change the course of how your case will go.

  18. Ivy Baker says

    I liked that you explained that you should keep good records. That does seem like it could make a huge difference in how well your case goes. It might also be smart to get a good lawyer to help you out.

  19. Bob says

    I love your tip about how injury can lead to further costs of injury and rehabilitation costs. My wife and I just got hit by a drunk driver. I’ll have to consider getting a lawyer to help us win the case and get some compensation for our injuries.

  20. David Johnson says

    I thought one of the most helpful points in this article was when you mentioned that the effects of an injury caused by accident can linger and require years of time, so it’s important not to undervalue your case. Personally, I think talking to an attorney would be helpful because they’ll have real life examples that they’ll know of to share with you and give examples. I’ll have to look into personal injury attorneys more.

  21. Taylor Bishop says

    Thanks for the advice for personal injury case. It’s nice to know that you should have good records and documents about the accident. Maybe it could be good to have copies of everything in case you and others need to refer to them at different points in a case.

  22. Mindy Jollie says

    I like what you said about not accepting an immediate settlement. My brother recently injured himself and now has to find a way to pay his bills and get by on less income. He will probably have to get legal help to get restitution for the way he was injured.

  23. Braden Bills says

    I was injured in an accident, and I’m not sure what to do. It makes sense that a personal injury settlement would be important! I’ll make sure that I get a lawyer and that I’m honest with them. That way, I can ensure that I can get compensated as nicely as possible.

  24. thanks for the information and posts

  25. Faylinn Byrne says

    Thank you so much for mentioning the importance of being honest with your own attorney and with the insurance companies in a personal injury lawsuit. My grandma recently found herself having to go back to work, and she got really injured a few months after accepting a position in a store. We are looking to help her find a good attorney, and I think these tips will come in handy.

  26. Kate Hansen says

    It was really helpful when you said that you should not accept an immediate settlement. My husband recently got into a car accident and injured his shoulder. I’ll make sure to pass this information along to him if he has a personal injury case.

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