If you have been injured in an accident and have hired an attorney to assist you in making a claim, try to keep the following in mind:
Help Your Attorney Help You
Your attorney is on your side, fighting for your rights. Help your attorney as much as you can. Keep copies of all of the information about your accident. This includes; police reports, medical bills, records about lost wages, and information sent to you by insurance companies. If you need to see your attorney, make an appointment. Make sure you keep the appointments that you make. If you move, be sure to give your attorney your new address and telephone number.
Insurance Adjusters Are Not on Your Side
Remember that the adjuster working for the insurance company of the person who caused the accident is not your friend. The adjuster may make it sound like he or she is trying to help you, but the adjuster’s job is to make sure that you receive as little compensation as possible, or even nothing. Once you have hired an attorney, inform the adjuster that you have done so, and give the adjuster your attorney’s name and telephone number. After you have given this information to the adjuster, let your attorney handle all discussions with the adjuster.
Be sure to keep all appointments with your doctors and/or physical therapists. Do everything they tell you to do including; taking medicine, doing your exercises, or getting some rest. If they ask, tell your doctors or therapists that you have an attorney, but do not feel as though you have to volunteer information about your case or claim. Their focus is your health, and the question of how your legal case is going should not be their concern.
Consider the Source of Advice
Family and friends often want to help you out if you have been hurt. This is great, but they are not your attorney. If they are giving you advice concerning your case, ignore it. Generally, taking inexpert advice is never a good idea. Always consult your attorney first.
For more information on automobile accidents visit the Worthington Law Group website.