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The Do’s & Don’ts of Filing a Successful Personal Injury Claim  April 19, 2018

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Filing a Successful Personal Injury Claim , Kalispell, Montana

If you were hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you can pursue compensation by filing a personal injury claim. To secure a settlement that will cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs, though, there are certain steps you must take—and not take—to build a strong claim. Here are just a few of them. 


Photograph the Scene

Whether you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision or slipped and fell on someone else’s property, it is critical to document the scene. Photograph the area where the incident occurred from all angles, and make sure to capture major elements like the weather and smaller details like skid marks or debris. 

Look for Eyewitnesses

Eyewitness testimony can corroborate your own account of the events. Look for any witnesses, and ask for their names and contact information. If you were hurt in a car accident, ask if they can wait until the police arrive to provide a statement. Otherwise, give their information to a personal injury attorney. 

Write Down Everything 

Write down everything you can remember about the incident as soon as possible. This includes the time of day, the reactions of those involved, and the events leading up to the accident. You should also start a journal detailing the injuries and their progression. 



personal injuryIf you apologize, others could perceive it as an admittance of fault, and they might state as much in their testimony. Even if you think you were partially liable, do not admit fault. There may be factors you are not considering that ultimately contributed to the incident. 

Give Any Recorded Statements

Do not sign anything from the insurance adjuster or agree to give a recorded statement. Doing either could limit the amount of damages you eventually secure. In general, it is wise to avoid talking to the insurance adjuster at all. Let an attorney handle all negotiations so you can focus on recovering. 

Discuss the Case

Do not discuss the details of the case with anyone but your attorney. Depending on the circumstances, doing so could jeopardize the entire claim. Stay off social media while the case is pending, and keep all confidential details regarding the proceedings to yourself. 


If you want to file a personal injury claim in Montana, turn to Glacier Law Firm. Based in Kalispell, this firm has been representing accident victims for nearly a decade. They focus solely on personal injury law, and their areas of expertise include product liability and workers’ compensation. You can inquire about an initial consultation with a strategic attorney by visiting their website or calling (406) 552-4343. 

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