INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUR CLIENTS
- Your Claim
In addition to your medical bills and wage loss, your pain and suffering resulting from this accident is a major element of your claim. Your injuries will also have an impact on your ability to carry on your ordinary life. The loss of these activities is another element of your claim.
Your pain may restrict your ability, either partly or completely, to do things as simple as dress, climb stairs, or take a bath. Your pain may also affect your ability to perform your work, drive a car, and participate in your sports and hobbies, family life, and other personal activities.
You may also suffer strain in your relationships with your family and friends. You may lose income and job opportunities. You may also find you have suffered a permanent injury, and can expect future medical expenses for your treatment. You are entitled to compensation for all these losses.
- Keep a Record
Keep a record of your pain, your restricted activities, and your other losses as you recover from the accident. A few notes on a calendar will be sufficient, but you may wish to keep a more extensive record. In any event, be sure to inform us of ALL the losses you suffer from the accident, so we are aware of them and can later seek compensation for them.
- Talk to No One
Do not talk to anyone about your accident except one of the lawyers or personnel in our office. You should always require identification so you are certain to whom you are talking. Do not talk even to your own insurance company without first notifying our office.
- Your Doctor
You should return to each of your doctors as often as necessary and should always tell them about all your complaints. You should not minimize your ailments to your doctors. A doctor must know these things in order to properly treat you.
Furthermore, the value of your claim ultimately depends on your doctors’ reports. If you do not tell him about all your injuries, he will not be able to write a complete report for us.
If you plan to see any additional doctors, please advise us before you see them and tell us their names and addresses.
- Don’t Use the Words “I Can’t”
Please do not use the words “I can’t.” “Can’t” means physical impossibility. You should always say to yourself: “I am trying and I will continue to try to do more things.” In activities such as your housework, hobbies, yardwork, and work at the office or factory, you should detail what things you’re able to do and what things are more difficult.
If you have any specific questions about your case, please feel free to call us. Please be patient. Many things will be done on your file without your presence.
- Your Address
Be sure to keep us informed of any change in your address or telephone number.
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