Whether due to an automobile accident, a work injury or a slip and fall, it is important that you help to keep your case on track for success. Here are some pointers that can help you and your attorney:
Tell your Attorney Everything. No detail is too small when evaluating a case. Make sure that you have provided every detail you can remember. Make sure to possible information about the accident to us. Try to obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of eyewitnesses or others who were at or near the scene of the accident. If you think of anything as your case progresses, tell your attorney.
Keep a Calendar or Journal. Write down your appointments and symptoms. Write down when you’ve missed work or had trouble doing activities. Keep track of things you can’t do as a result of your injury and personal events you’ve had to miss. If your claim allows recovery for pain and suffering, these details can be important reminders of the extent of your damages.
Hang on to Your Evidence. Keep track of the things that help tell the story of your case. Pictures, braces, canes, appointment cards and torn clothing can all have an impact on a judge or jury when it comes time to present your case. Save these items. Also, it is important to keep copies of any documents that you are providing to doctors, employers or insurance companies.
Medical Information and Bills. It is important to let your attorney know of any change in medical condition, medical providers and treatment plan. It is also important to provide information on any outstanding bills. You should regularly update your attorney with this information.
Be a Good Patient. Do not sabotage your case by failing to follow through with treatment recommendations. Stopping treatment, refusing treatment or not putting forth valid effort may seriously affect your rights.
Loose Lips Sink Ships. Remember, what you say to others can lead to testimony against you. You should only talk about your case to your attorney and your doctor. Do not give any statements or fill out any forms from investigators or insurance companies without an OK from your attorney.
Don’t Get Lost! Your attorney needs to always have your current address and phone number. Also, let them know if you have an email account or fax machine.