If you have been involved in an auto accident with the other driver at fault, you may already know that it's a smart move to hire a personal injury attorney to increase your chances of getting fairly compensated for your injuries. You've done the right thing, but don't make the mistake of thinking that your lawyer won't need your help with winning your case. You are a key player in this process, so read on, and don't make these 5 mistakes in your personal injury case.

1.  Assuming that your attorney knows how the accident has affected your life. Attorneys are smart, but they aren't mind-readers. Clue your attorney in to the full impact of the accident by keeping a journal. Start as soon as possible after the accident and include information medical appointments and treatments, how the accident has affected your career, your home life, and resulting emotional issues such as depression, stress, trouble sleeping, etc.

2.  Failing to gather the important documents. Make sure that you have the following:

  • Copy of the police and/or accident report
  • Your automobile insurance policy
  • Name, contact information and insurance information of other involved parties; additionally, the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident
  • Records of any medical treatments so far
  • Work-related financial records, such as pay stubs and income tax returns

3.  Giving a statement to the other party's insurance company. You will be contacted, and you may be told that you must give a statement; this is not true. You could compromise your case by giving this statement. Make sure that your attorney handles any communications with the insurance companies.

4.  Waiting too long to file your case. Every state has a statute of limitations, and failing to file your claim within that time period could leave you without recourse for recovering compensation. You also want to make sure that witnesses are interviewed before they forget or they disappear. The clock starts ticking at the time of your accident, so act quickly.

5.  Not being completely honest with your attorney. The other party will dig into your background if your case comes to trial, so it's much better to be upfront with your attorney so that they can be prepared for any issues that arise.

These five mistakes can cost you your case, but are all easily avoidable. Do your part and a professional attorney, like those at Edward J. Achrem & Associates, Ltd., will be armed with the best information to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.