When seeking financial compensation for personal injury after a car accident, it is important to have the advice and representation of an experienced Oakland personal injury attorney. However, there are also steps you can take to help with your claim, and there are mistakes you should avoid to protect your right to maximum financial recovery. Here are seven ways to help your attorney achieve maximum financial compensation for the losses you suffered as a result of your accident:
Go To All Doctor’s Appointments
In order to receive just compensation for your medical expenses and losses incurred as a consequence, you must have proof of the cause and severity of your physical and psychological injuries. This means that you must go to all scheduled medical appointments, or reschedule your appointment immediately if for any reason you cannot attend.
Do What The Doctor Tells You
If you must rest after being injured in a car accident, then you should. If you must go to physical therapy or exercise on your own, pursue your rehabilitation as directed by your doctor. Returning to work or engaging in physical activity too soon could exacerbate your injuries. Furthermore, stopping your treatment could give insurance companies reason to reduce or deny your claim for compensation.
Maintain Detailed Records
Although your attorney will be able to obtain copies of your medical records and bills, the more information you have, the easier it will be to calculate the losses you suffered as a result of the accident. Try to keep copies of your medical records and all purchase receipts that are related to your injuries (such as prescription drugs and medical devices), and keep a journal that explains in detail the ways your injuries affect your life.
Avoid Talking About the Accident
To avoid saying the wrong thing, let your attorney handle all communication with insurance companies on your behalf. If you are contacted by a representative, kindly inform them that you have legal representation. Stay away from social media, and avoid discussing the accident with friends or co-workers until your case is over.
Your attorney will need you to stay involved in your case for the duration of it. From providing details of the accident and your medical treatment to making settlement decisions or whether to go to trial, the faster you provide the information your attorney requests, the faster he or she can achieve the financial compensation you deserve. If your attorney calls on you for a meeting, be sure to show up on time.
Control Your Emotions
Although dealing with the effects of traumatic injuries is undeniably an emotional experience, when it comes to decisions related to your compensation claim, you must control your emotions. Listen to your attorney’s advice, and make all decisions with your long-term best interests in mind.
Put Yourself First
Lastly, your physical and emotional well-being should be your top priority during your recovery. Trust your attorney to handle your legal case, and focus on recovering as soon as possible.