7 Ways You Can Help With Your Personal Injury Claim
When you hire a personal injury law firm to represent you, your attorney and the firm’s professional staff should handle most aspects of your claim on your behalf. However, there are some important steps you can take as well, both before you sit down for your free initial consultation and once your claim is pending.
Here are seven ways you can help with your personal injury claim:
1. Attend All of Your Doctor’s Appointments
It is very important that you make arrangements to get to all of your doctor’s appointments on time. Your medical records will be key evidence in your claim for compensation, and you do not want to give the insurance companies any excuse to claim that you could have done more to aid in your recovery.
2. Follow Your Doctors’ Advice
When you receive medical advice, you need to follow it. If you are supposed to follow RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation), skip the gym, and take time off from work if necessary. If you are prescribed physical therapy, make sure you do your exercises and wear any medical devices you are provided.
3. Make a Habit of Keeping Records
Information is the key to a successful personal injury claim. The more information you have about the financial and non-financial costs of your injury, the more accurately you will be able to calculate your total losses. It will be good for you to get in the habit of keeping records such as:
- Medical bills
- Prescription receipts
- Gas receipts
- Pay stubs and other employment records
- Daily logs of your pain levels and the other ways your injuries impact your life
4. Stay Off of Social Media
At this point, you should not be discussing your accident or injuries with anyone but your attorney. Don’t post photos on social media, and don’t say anything online that the insurance companies may be able to use against you.
5. Be Responsive
From time to time, your attorney will need you to provide information and give input regarding the strategy for your claim. In many cases, your attorney will not be able to move forward until you respond, so it will be important for you to be as responsive as possible.
6. Consider All Legal Advice Carefully
When you receive a settlement offer, your attorney can (and should) provide advice, but it is ultimately up to you whether to accept the offer or keep pushing for more. Whether you think an offer is more than enough or far too little, it is important that you not react emotionally and carefully consider your attorney’s advice before making a decision.
7. Focus on Your Physical and Emotional Wellbeing
Finally, while your attorney is handling your claim, your focus should be on your physical and emotional wellbeing. If you made an informed decision about your choice of legal representation, you should feel confident in your attorney’s ability to secure just compensation. Stay involved in your case, but also try to relax; and, remember, the most important thing you can do is help yourself get better as soon as possible.
Speak With a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer at Levine Law
If you have been injured in a vehicle collision, fall or any other type of accident, our personal injury lawyers can help you stand up for your legal rights. We offer free initial consultations, and you pay nothing unless we win just compensation. To speak with an attorney at Levine Law, call 303-333-8000, or request your free initial consultation online now.