First legal aid
In order to protect your right to be compensated for the injury you sustained, please consider the following recommendations:
- BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TALK TO – EVERYTHING YOU SAY CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU.
Ideally, you should always consult your attorney before speaking to anyone, particularly representatives of insurance companies, about the cause or consequences of your injuries. You should also require some identification so that you are sure whom you are talking to.
- FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR’S INSTRUCTIONS.
You should follow as precisely as possible the advice and course of treatment prescribed by your doctor. Do not minimize any ailment as your doctor needs a complete picture in order to know how to treat you. Inform your lawyer about the names and addresses of your doctors so they can be properly informed of your legal interests. Your lawyer will not practice medicine, and your doctor will not practice law.
Obtain the name, address, and telephone numbers of all witnesses.
- PHOTOGRAPH BODILY INJURIES.
If possible take pictures of your bodily injuries and the treatment or physical therapy you have to follow.
- RECORD PROPERTY DAMAGES.
Obtain pictures of damages to all properties caused by the accident.
- RECORD YOUR INJURIES AND SUFFERING.
Keep a daily or weekly record of your complaints and progress. This can be very helpful when, a year later, you will be able to recall your pain and difficulties more vividly.
- RECORD YOUR LOST WAGES AND EARNINGS.
Keep an accurate record of all time and income lost from work because of your injuries.
- KEEP YOUR MEDICAL BILLS.
Obtain and keep duplicate copies of all medical and hospital and drug bills, even if they have been paid by the insurance company. 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 your bills should be paid by check or you should obtain and keep receipts. You should make a list of the costs incurred in going to your doctor.