Advice From Phillips Law Firm
Find an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
It’s a good idea to try to find a law firm that has over 15 years experience in dealing with personal injury cases. Fifteen years is plenty of time for a law firm to develop a positive reputation. If you are not impressed with their settlement amounts or their reputation you should probably move on to a more reliable firm. Chances are the longer a firm has been around, the better they are at what they do.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
If you have been injured in an accident it is important to seek immediate medical attention, taking care of your health is the most important thing you should do. The last thing you want is for an insurance adjuster to lower the value of your case because they don’t take your accident seriously. If you don’t seek medical attention you will not be taken seriously because your injuries will look disputable. Reasonable and necessary medical attention is crucial in documenting your claim. Be open and honest with your health care provider so that a clear record is established about your injuries and how it affected your life.
Be Prompt and Make All Your Appointments on Time
Your medical records will be reviewed by everyone involved in and evaluating your accident. If you miss medical appoints you are bound to look flaky. When you look flaky to a jury they are less likely to sympathize with you and sympathy is what you want. You want other individuals to understand the suffering you went through and the serious impact your injuries have had on your life. If you go missing appointments it will be difficult in getting others to care about your case, because it looks like you don’t care about your case.
Wait in Settling
You want to make sure that you finish all possible treatment your health care provides for your injuries before you agree on a settlement amount for your case. Insurance adjusters value your case based on the severity and length of your treatment. The diagnosis and prognosis at the end of your treatment is crucial to your case. It is important to follow directions from your health care provider regarding the duration, scope and necessity of your treatment. Your health care provider will need to determine that you have either recovered or that you will never fully recover before we can fully evaluate the value of your case.
Have Friends, Family, Coworkers and Witnesses Testify
You will want to make it clear that you have a strong support system. If you have suffered traumatic injuries and you rely on help from your loved ones or friends for the necessities of daily functioning this is crucial to document. Having to rely on others in a common occurrence in accident cases and may not only inconvenience you but friends and family as well. If you need assistance in daily care it is important to show document these events.
Keep Written Documentation of Your Injuries
How do you feel as a result of your injuries? Make sure to record the severity and location of pain on a daily basis. Write down any emotions you are feeling as well. Are you frustrated, angry or sad in your necessity to rely on others for help? Are you having trouble connecting with loved ones because you cannot sit or stand for long periods of time? Did you miss church or other events because you simply cannot get there because of doctor appointments? Record all these details for your attorney. It is easier to sympathize with someone when their thoughts are made available for review. If you do not record the feelings you are suffering you may not recall the level of suffering you endured 12-14 months later when your case is presented. It is your job document what’s happening to you emotionally, physically and socially.
Be Patient in Waiting for a Settlement
Your injuries need to fully heal before you can get the justice are entitled to. You will want to be compensated for the full extent of your medical expenses, wage loss, loss of enjoyment of life, and any future losses. Sometimes this takes time. It is important to be patient, finish your treatment protocol and attempt to manage your affairs to the best of your abilities. As always the attorneys and staff at Phillips Law Firm are here to provide advice, direction and empathy. Have you been the unfortunate victim of an auto accident? At Phillips Law Firm our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to getting you justice and compensation you deserve. Call Phillips Law Firm at 1-800-JUSTICE, we are waiting to assist you 24/7, offering a free case evaluation. Remember our no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee