Accurately assessing the strength of your personal injury case is imperative. Not only can it help you shape your trial strategy, but it can also assist you in having productive settlement talks. Only by knowing where your case stands can you develop the legal strategy you need to increase your chances of recovering the compensation you need. But how do you go about assessing the strengths of your case? We hope this post will provide you with some guidance on that point.
Assessing your case
You’ll need to leave no stone unturned when assessing the strength of your case, as doing otherwise could leave you susceptible to the defense’s tactics. So, start by taking these matters into consideration:
- Witness testimony: Who do you have who can speak to the elements of your claim? You’ll hopefully have credible witnesses who can testify to behavior that is indicative of negligence and that that negligence caused the accident and injuries in question. You’ll also want witnesses who can speak to the extent of your injuries. Your case is a little weaker if your witnesses aren’t strong on these points.
- Documentary evidence: How compelling are the police reports, trucking logs, or medical records that support your claim? Carefully analyze these documents to see how they help and hurt your case.
- Counter arguments: You have to try to view your case from the other side’s point of view. Doing so allows you to see weaknesses in your case and identify areas where you’re really susceptible to attack.
- Legal issues: Evidentiary issues based on the rules of evidence and issues related to trial procedure can put a thorn in your case. You need to be aware of these issues so that you’re not taken by surprise.
Consider help when building your case
Analyzing these issues in light of the law can be a challenging process. That’s why it’s often wise to work closely with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you assess your unique set of circumstances and develop a legal strategy that is best for you.