I have been on both ends of the personal injury equation, adjuster and chiropractor. My first job out of college was as an adjuster for a major insurance company. I found out after running through all the training and working for several years in that environment that working for a giant corporation that was only concerned with “the numbers” didn’t fit well with my world view and I left to follow my passion and become a chiropractor.
You should understand that no one ever thinks beforehand that they will be injured in a car accident. While auto injuries may be unavoidable, how the settlement is handled hinges on you. I hope these words of wisdom will help get you ready for any personal injury dealings you may have. One of the main things you should do is look for insights and ideas about choosing lawyers you feel comfortable with. A good lawyer will help you understand what is expected of you in a personal injury case. Appreciating the ins and outs of the process helps you feel confident about getting the best possible result for you and your loved ones.
As a physician people often voice a concern to me about whether or not injuries previous to the accident can be addressed or taken care of as part of the care for injuries from the car accident incident. You should understand that while you may have a pre-existing condition, you are still eligible to receive compensation for accidents you might have had. Make sure your attorney understands which part of your condition was pre-existing and have your physician document it. You won’t want it to come out for the first time in court as that can put suspicion on the care you received.
When looking for a good accident injury lawyer, get some personal recommendations from loved ones that have been in the same boat as you or trusted advisors who have seen these types of cases before. Chiropractors often see enough personal injury cases that they may be acquainted with quality professionals you can trust in your area. By doing this, you stand a much better chance of finding a lawyer you can work well with and who will get the outcome you desire. I can tell you that you will want the best attorney to aid your case.
I will say that some patients that I know have simply done a thorough search online and found great accident injury lawyers. So to that point in the information age the Internet can give you lots of information to aid in making a smart decision. For the best results, look for a lawyer that has experience and a good track record.
Keep good documentation of all your doctor and hospital visits. Keep a record of the expenses you incurred getting to and from your physician appointments and a mileage log is a great idea. Sometimes it can be as simple as taking a before and after picture of the odometer with your cell phone. Good paperwork is important when you are pursuing an injury case. You can tip the scales in your favor by keeping detailed records of your experience and proof that you are justified in filing a claim. If you don’t, and the case goes to court, the court may not trust you.
It is important to find out all the other party’s policy information if you plan to represent yourself. You might have claims to more than a single policy. If the person won’t tell you about their insurance, get an affidavit.
When going to your first consultation with a prospective personal injury lawyer, be sure you bring along all copies of important documentation regarding your case. Bring insurance papers, bills, accident reports and anything else pertaining to your claim. Let them know the name of your chiropractor or any other practitioner you have been seeing for your personal injury. Such documentation and information is helpful to any lawyer so that they can make a more accurate assessment of the merits of your case.
If you are involved in an accident or injury, take down the contact information of witnesses. Witnesses to your accident will be a great resource in court for you to prove your case. People forget details or move, so getting information as soon as possible may be what wins your case.
Remember that the opposing insurance company does not have your best interest at heart. So before providing any kind of statements related to your injury to a claims adjusters or opposing party representatives, obtain a personal injury attorney. You don’t want to make statements that may be used against you in court or make the case difficult to resolve later on.
Check to see if your prospective lawyer has experience in personal injury cases. This is the best way to determine if they are likely to win your case for you. If the lawyer has experience on cases like yours, you have a much better chance of winning your case.
If you will follow the bits of wisdom provided here you are that much more ahead of the curve. A good lawyer will work hard for you, but you should always know what’s going on. There is no such thing as an open and shut case, so you must be able to determine what your options are. They say that advice is worth what you pay for it, but sometimes advice is worth what the advisor had to pay for it! Learn from someone else’s mistakes and you are that much smarter for it.