This information is helpful if you have recently signed up with an attorney or are looking for an attorney due to a recent injury.
Please do not discuss (with anyone) how the incident occurred, your injuries or anything else about the case (without your attorney’s knowledge). If it is necessary for you to prepare any documents for your employer or for insurance purposes, please forward copies of all documents that pertain to your case after you have sent them, to your attorney. Be sure to obtain itemized bills and receipts for any expenses incurred as a result of this incident and forward copies to your Attorney.
Send copies of any photographs pertaining to your case to your Attorney.
Notify your Attorney immediately of any changes in address, telephone, major changes in your physical condition or any other developments relating to the case. It is important to keep your Attorney informed of all significant developments.
Insurance companies do not pay money willingly. It can be expected that the insurance company will thoroughly investigate the facts of the accident, the claim for medical treatment and any past injuries or claims. The insurance company will also obtain all past medical records.
The insurance company may hire a private investigator to record any physical activity that you may engage in. They may even lay a trap for you, such as attempting to hire you to do physical activity (change a flat tire, placing something in the yard that will need to be lifted, etc.).
Insurance companies keep a record of all complaints against any insurance company. The insurance company is sure to find out if you have ever made a previous claim.
Make sure you let your Attorney know about any PRIOR INJURIES. Many good cases are lost by the injured person concealing or forgetting a previous injury.
Make sure to furnish your Attorney with a complete and accurate list of all doctors that have treated you pertaining to this accident. Your Attorney will not expect you to remember everything in your medical history. It is advisable to have copies made of all medical records (family doctor, etc.), so that you may review your own previous complaints to refresh your memory.
Tell your doctor(s) of all your present complaints. Their records can only be as complete as what you have told them.
Keep track of all prescriptions and medicines taken, preferably saving all bottles or containers. Please provide copies of all prescription receipts.
If you are required to be in the hospital and are receiving any type of treatment (traction, physical therapy, etc.), notify your Attorney.
You should not expect doctors and hospitals to wait until your case is tried or settled to receive payment. Call your doctors to discuss setting up a payment plan to avoid being sent to collections.
Keep a diary of all your complaints and progress. This can be very helpful when, a year later, you may be called upon to relate your pain and difficulties.
Keep an accurate record of all dates lost from work due to your injuries.
Do not have your vehicle repaired until you are sure that your Attorney has photos of the damages. You may proceed with repairs through the appropriate insurance carrier after doing so.
In the event that you wish to get a rental car, please note that the insurance companies will not reimburse for the additional insurance option, mileage or gas.
Immediately provide your Attorney with correct names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses you know of.
It may be necessary some day to have friends, neighbors or co-workers testify regarding your disability, pain and suffering; therefore, start thinking about the witnesses you may need in the future.
Please keep your Attorney informed of anything that (in any way) might affect your case.
Nothing should be signed without first consulting your Attorney.
Let your Attorney know of vacation plans, wherein you may not be available.
Some of the necessary costs of your injury claim include expenses for the police report, investigation services, filing fees, fees for copying medical records and itemized billing, depositions, jury fees, transcripts (if required), and witness fees.
It sometimes takes many months to settle a claim. In fact, it is dangerous to settle certain types of claims too soon because it often takes a long time for serious injuries to become evident.
The information above is just for general purposes, you and your Attorney should discuss what is best for your specific case.
The Law Offices of Timothy J. Ryan & Associates represent those that have been injured in auto accidents, dog bites , premises liability and other third party claims. Contact us for a free review of your case.