If you are filing a personal injury claim and have hired a lawyer to represent you, there are some important things that you should remember. First of all, while your lawyer will be doing a lot to help your case, there are still things that you as a victim must do to ensure that you receive a favorable settlement.
- Do not discuss your case or sign any documents without your lawyer’s approval.
When going through the legal process, it is imperative that you do not discuss the details of your personal injury case with anyone outside of your lawyer’s office, your spouse, doctors, and other persons that your lawyer may authorize. There are certain details that must stay between you and your lawyers. If the insurance company was to grab hold of some information, your case could be threatened. This is why it is important to first approve anything about your case with your lawyer before doing it.
The same goes for the signing of documents. Make sure your lawyer reads over a document before you sign it because the fine print could give the insurance company access to your medical records and other personal information.
- Fully disclose all symptoms to your doctor so your medical records can be complete.
When filing a personal injury claim, it is important to inform your doctor of every symptom that you have, as well as the progress of your recovery. Medical records must include all of the specifics surrounding your injuries for purposes of proving the pain and suffering that you have gone through.
- Follow doctor’s orders, complete treatment, and document all reports, records, and bills.
We tell our clients how important it is to complete all treatment that the doctor recommends. This means attending all physical therapy appointments, scheduling follow-up appointments, and doing whatever else the doctor recommends. Having proof of all injuries, treatment processes, and recovery will help you throughout your case.
You should also keep your medical bills, records, and injury diary all in one place, allowing you to easily access these documents when your lawyer needs them.
It takes collaboration when going through the legal process, so make sure when you are hiring your lawyer, that you get along with them and trust them.
The lawyers at our office can explain the next steps that you should take in your case and give a free case evaluation over the phone.