Once you hire a personal injury attorney to handle your injury claim, your attorney handles all aspects of your claim. The attorney and his legal team investigate the accident, identifies the parties liable for damages, gathers evidence, files insurance claims, and negotiates for a settlement on your behalf. Your attorney works diligently to protect your legal rights and best interests. However, there are some things that you can do to help your personal injury attorney build a strong case for full compensation of all damages and losses caused by the automobile accident.
Ways You Can Help Your Personal Injury Attorney
1. Continue Your Medical Treatment
It is important for your health and your injury claim that you follow your doctor’s treatment plan. Documenting your injuries is an important element of a personal injury claim. Failing to show up for doctor’s appointments or follow your treatment plan could weaken your personal injury claim.
2. Don’t Talk to the Insurance Claims Adjuster
Let your attorney handle all communication with the insurance company. Providing statements to the insurance claims adjuster could also weaken your injury claim. It is best to consult with an attorney before making any written or recorded statements to an insurance company after a car accident.
3. Keep an Expense Log
Write down all expenses and financial losses you incur because of the automobile accident. Also, keep receipts of payments and proof of the expense, such as a bill or invoice. Expenses include medical bills, over-the-counter medications, medical supplies, and prescription medications. However, it also includes travel to and from medical appointments, help with household chores, and loss of income. Carefully documenting your expenses increases the chance you can recover compensation for those expenses when you settle your injury claim.
4. Document Your Recovery
Keep a journal detailing your recovery, including pictures of your injuries. Your journal should include notes about things you could not do because of your injury, your daily pain level, and how your injuries impacted your ability to care for yourself and your family. You should also include notes about how your injuries affected your relationship with family and friends.
5. Avoid Using Social Media
While you are recovering from your accident injuries, it is best to avoid using social media. Social media is not private. What you post online could become part of your personal injury claim. Unfortunately, a jury can misunderstand the meaning behind some posts, especially in the hands of a skilled defense attorney. It is typically best to avoid posting anything on social media while you have a personal injury case pending, including allowing family and friends to post information or pictures of you on their accounts.
Contact a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Case Review
Learn how our legal team can help you fight for the compensation you deserve after being injured in an automobile accident. Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with a Sacramento personal injury lawyer.