If you are injured and another person is responsible for the harm that was caused to you, you likely have a compensable personal injury claim for damages. At times, the experience of filing a personal injury claim, even with legal representation, is stressful. Most of the important matters in your case will be handled by your attorney and his or her staff. However, there are things that you can accomplish during the process of asserting your claim that can make your life, as well as the life of your attorney, a lot less stressful.
Here is a good list of things to keep in mind if you have filed a personal injury claim.
*Cooperate with your attorney
You will be required to provide a good amount of information to your attorney. When any type of request is made for information, documentation, or some productive act that furthers your cause, put it at the top of your to-do list. Don’t put it aside and procrastinate. The sooner your attorney receives this information, the quicker your case will proceed.
*Obtain regular medical treatment
The treatment of your injuries after an accident is paramount to anything else. Do not think that just because your case has been filed, you may defer any medical treatment that you perceive as minor until later. Your attorney needs to be able to establish your medical expenses in full so that you receive the proper amount of damages.
Some insurance companies and uncooperative defendants, especially those whose liability for your injuries is well-established, will typically extend the case as long as possible to avoid paying you. It is important, and much less stressful, to exercise as much patience as possible as your personal injury matter proceeds. There is no need to call your attorney on the telephone every day and ask about the progress of your case. Your attorney will be in touch with you as soon as there is an important development in your matter.
*Keep your attorney informed of the full extent of your losses
As your case proceeds, your damages may evolve. For example, the injuries from your accident may cause you to take a lower-paying position at your place of employment. Your injuries may worsen to the extent that you cannot work at all.
*Report to all conferences, depositions, and medical appointments on time
If you must be somewhere like an attorney’s or doctor’s office, be there on time, if not a few minutes early. If it is a deposition, your attorney will want to talk to you immediately before you are deposed to give you last-minute instructions. Getting to the deposition well ahead of time will ensure that you are well-prepared.
*If you don’t understand something, ask questions
Your attorney will likely receive a settlement offer, especially if the defendant’s liability is well-established. Make sure you understand what it fully entails. Do not be afraid to ask a question. There are no stupid questions in this regard. We work for you at Maison Law. It is our duty to keep you well-informed.
Maison law’s years of representing clients in all types of personal injury cases, give the firm extensive knowledge and experience litigating and settling personal injury matters. Maison Law passionately provides skilled representation and effective advocacy on behalf of all our clients. If you have any questions about any type of personal injury matter, call Maison Law and Martin Gasparian today. The experience of Maison Law helps us provide skilled, zealous representation on behalf of every client. Call Maison Law 24/7 at (559) 203-3333.