Planning For a Wedding or Trial Requires Commitment!



Planning for a trial is a lot like planning for your wedding day. There are just so many details to keep track of that it is hard to know where to begin. Both big days are usually booked well in advance and require meticulous planning and preparation. Both involve witness participation, which play a key role. Lastly, both events will involve inevitable arguing—either with the opposing lawyer or with your in-laws. Of course, there are always people present we don’t want to let down— a jury of our peers and/or our wonderful family and friends.

Not that I’m a wedding planner but if I were, I’d recommend you secure the venue, book the band and then hire your favourite photographer STAT. Time is of the essence! Why would preparing for trial be any different? All the key steps need to be taken ASAP!

If you are injured in an accident (much like when you meet the love of your life), the last thing you may want to do is think about the “big day”. How presumptuous! However, you MUST ANTICIPATE the kinds of evidence you will need to build up early on if litigation is going to be successful.

You must be committed from the outset and have the follow through needed to get the evidence early to prove your case. This means going to the doctor, seeking out referrals to specialists, obtain physiotherapy treatment and regularly report the accident to your treatment providers. Perhaps obtaining witness statements from work colleagues to highlight your work related challenges post accident compared to before would be useful.

Again, if you are pursuing a legal case, many claimants seem to be actively involved in treatment for the first little while before stopping for whatever reason. This will NOT help your case. You MUST be prepared to ensure your injuries/complaints are consistently being documented from the get go. Waiting until the “big day” approaches to start taking action is not persuasive to a court.

After all, the early bird gets the worm, the venue and in the case of litigation, the better settlement/award. Hope the big day goes well for you! You will get out what you put in!

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