Personal Injury: Questions and Answers
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THE DOs AND DON'Ts FOR INJURED VICTIMS
- Do contact experienced personal injury lawyers immediately following your injury or accident. The advice you receive in an initial interview with an experienced personal injury attorney may be extremely helpful in the days following the accident.
- Do notify your attorneys if you have changed your address and/or telephone number, or employment - including changes in salary, duties, or job title.
- Do take pictures of any damage to your vehicle before you get it repaired. Use color film and take a whole roll of pictures.
- Do save all medication bottles, casts, braces, and any other items from your doctor.
- Do give your attorney any pictures and videos of the accident or accident scene that you or anyone else has taken for you.
- Do obtain and save all receipts itemizing any and all expenses you incurred as a result of your accident. Be sure that receipts are dated and contain legible and complete vendor identification.
- Do inform your attorney of anything you think has a bearing on the case, including extensive medical treatment or hospitalization.
- Do not give any statements - written, recorded, or oral - to anyone concerning your accident or injuries without first consulting an attorney.
- Do not admit fault or offer any opinions about the cause of the accident.
- Do not speak to anyone other than your attorney about your accident or case.
- Do not wait to visit a doctor if you are injured. At your visit, do not hold back any information about the location and severity of your pain.
- Do not make any false or incorrect statements about prior injuries to any doctor who may treat or examine you. If you don't remember past information, say so.
- Do not ignore your doctor's advice.
INFORMATION THAT IS CRUCIAL TO YOUR CASE
Keep Detailed Records
Record the following information on an ongoing basis to maintain an accurate account of the suffering that you have endured.
- Lost work time and wages.
- Expenses resulting from your injuries (i.e., transportation, home care, etc.)
- Pain and suffering.
- Your physical limitations.
Taking the time to collect and record accurate information may have a positive effect on the outcome of your case. Copies of checks and receipts of payment, as well as the above records, will be very helpful when you may be asked an insurance company or attorney to recall your pain, physical disabilities, and any out-of-pocket expenses including medication.
Follow Your Doctor's Advice
Be sure to do what your doctors tell you and show up for all appointments. By missing a doctor's appointment, you are saying to the doctor and to the insurance company that your pain doesn't matter or affect you too much.
It is very important for you to work hard to get well and to go to all of your appointments. These appointments can serve as evidence of your pain and rehabilitation. If you are in pain and you do not see a doctor, the insurance company and the jury will not believe that you are having pain.