Have You Been Hurt In An Accident? What Do You Do?
If you have been injured in an accident and have hired an
attorney to assist you in making a claim, try to keep the following things in
HELP YOUR ATTORNEY HELP YOU
Your attorney is on your side, fighting for your rights.
Help your attorney as much as you can by providing copies of all information
about your accident, including police reports, medical bills, records about
lost wages, and information sent to you by insurance companies.
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS ARE NOT ON YOUR SIDE
Remember that the adjuster working for the insurance company
of the person who caused the accident is not your friend. The adjuster may make
it sound like he or she is trying to help you, but their job is to make sure
that you receive as little compensation as possible, or even nothing. Once
you’ve hired an attorney, let your attorney handle all communication with them.
Be sure to keep all your appointments with your doctors,
therapists. Do everything they tell you to do including exercising, taking
medicine, or resting.
CONSIDER THE SOURCE OF ADVICE
Family and friends often want to help you out if you have
been hurt. This is great, but if they are giving advice about your legal case,
remember that they are not your attorney. Always consult with your attorney
about the advice given by a “helpful” friend.