Personal Injury Instruction Sheet
- TALKING TO OTHERS — You should not talk to anyone about your accident, except to our office or our investigators. You should always require some identification so that you are sure about to whom you are talking. You should not even talk to your own insurance company or to any lawyers hired by your own insurance company without notifying us so that we may be present if we desire. We generally will want any of these statements taken in our office.
- MEDICAL CARE— You should return to each of your doctors frequently and should always give them your complete complaints. You should not minimize your ailments to your doctors, for complete information is one of their best ways of knowing how to treat you. If you see any additional doctors, be sure that we are advised immediately of their names and addresses.
- RECORDS OF COMPLAINTS— Please keep a daily or weekly record of your complaints and progress. This can be very helpful at later dates for you to recall more vividly your pain and difficulties.
- LOST WAGES AND EARNINGS— Please keep an accurate record of all days lost from work because of your injuries.
- MEDICAL BILLS— Obtain and keep duplicate copies of all medical, hospital, and drug bills. You should periodically send these bills to us for our files. You should also keep records of any other expenses you may have in connection with your accident, such as the hiring of extra help. All of your bills should be paid by check, and you should obtain and keep receipts. You should make and keep a list of all your medical bills and the costs incurred from going to your doctor. By signing with my firm you agree to give us permission to sign on your behalf, if necessary, to obtain any medical records and bills that are relevant to resolving your case.
- CAR REPAIRS— If applicable, do not have your automobile repaired until you are sure that we have obtained pictures of it. After pictures are taken by this office, have your collision insurance carrier repair your car.
- TRAFFIC OFFENSES —Never plead guilty to any traffic offenses, and if you are arrested in connection with this accident, call one of the lawyers in our office immediately. We will see that someone represents or advises you. In the event of a coroner’s inquest (or other type of hearing), be sure to notify our office so that we will be able to represent you in connection with it.
- WITNESSES— Furnish us immediately with the correct names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any and all witnesses of which you may learn. The people that are around you the most and know you the best will be your greatest witnesses! They will be able to testify as to how you were affected by these injuries and speak on how it has changed you and your lifestyle.
- MEDICAL APPARATUSES — If your injury requires a cast, brace, traction, or other apparatus, save it for evidence and trial. You should notify us that you are keeping it, and when the case is set for hearing, you should bring the item with you.
- PHOTOGRAPHS — Send to us the negatives and prints of any photographs pertaining to your case that you or any of your acquaintances have taken. If at any time you are required to be in the hospital and are receiving any type of treatment that can be photographed, like traction or physical therapy, please notify our office so that we can have our investigator photograph you.
- YOUR ADDRESS— Be sure to keep us advised of any change in your address or telephone number.
- KEEP A PAIN JOURNAL & TAKE WEEKLY PICTURES OF YOUR INJURIES– Keep a journal that you log your pain and experiences throughout your healing journey. This should clearly demonstrate what is going on with you and how you are feeling. You should write in your Journal every day or at least 3 times per week. This will help you remember things and will serve as excellent evidence later. Be sure to sign and date each journal entry!
- SOCIAL MEDIA– Please make all your social media pages private and do not post anything regarding this incident. You will likely have insurance investigators try to catch you doing something or posting something that contradicts your injuries. Be careful about what you post and who you accept as a friend because they will use all of that against you if they can.