If you are injured in an accident in Phoenix, you might know that your first step is to get medical care and that your next step is to contact a personal injury attorney. However, do you know what else you must do to support your claim? While the answer will vary largely based on your particular case, you can keep reading to get the basics. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 to request a free legal consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.
You Must Stay in Touch with Your Personal Injury Attorney
First and foremost, it is essential that you stay in touch with your attorney. If they call you for information or send you an email, get back to them as soon as you can. Any delay in your response will potentially mean a delay in your case. Additionally, there are some things your attorney might not ask you but you should keep them up to date on. For example, if you continue to receive medical care, you should make sure they are aware of it.
You Must Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions
There are many reasons that it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions after an accident. First and foremost, you want to ensure that you can heal as much as possible. Second, if you suffer an injury and do not follow the doctor’s instructions, you should not count on getting the full settlement you deserve. Why? Because the at-fault insurance company is likely to say that you would have healed further, or not suffered as serious damages, if you had followed the doctor’s instructions.
You Must Keep Track of All Medical Appointments and More
Do not assume that you can just print out a schedule of all your doctors' appointments, treatment schedules, surgeries, rehab appointments, and other medical costs. While you will likely have the option to print this information from your medical providers’ website, it is up to you to ensure that it is accurate and everything is included. You can only do that if you are keeping track of everything.
Likewise, there are some things that will not be found anywhere but with you. For example, if you are suffering from emotional distress, you will want to provide evidence that you have seen a mental health professional or taken medication, but you will also need evidence of how this emotional distress has affected your life. Keeping a diary can be a very effective way of achieving this goal.
You Must Follow Our Directions
If you have suffered in a personal injury accident and hired an attorney, there is a reason for that: you trust our advice and representation. As a result, it is important to follow our advice and direction. When we ask you to fill out a form or otherwise give information, do so quickly. When we ask you to show up to a hearing, be on time. To learn more about how to get the process started, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.