When a personal injury takes place, there is a lot to be done before you can seek compensation. Your medical bills and care plan are a big part of the evidence necessary to prove the need for monetary compensation. A lawyer can help you determine what type of documentation is necessary to help your case proceed. It is then up to you to commit to a treatment plan and gathering documents.
The First Day
On the day that the injury happens there may be a lot of chaos. Many people refrain from going to the doctor, waiting to see how they feel the next day. This small move can cost you money when you need to file for compensation. You want the insurance company or judge to see that you take your health seriously. Even if you think you are fine, head to the nearest ER or schedule an appointment with your regular doctor. This shows that you were concerned enough to take immediate action.
Follow Up Care
Do not miss any appointments. If you are referred to specialists, make these appointments a priority. Make copies of all of your prescriptions and save the receipts. During the course of your treatment the severity of your injury should become clearer. Your personal injury lawyer can then get a better idea of the amount of compensation to ask for. Even if you have a minor injury, there may be an additional payout for pain and suffering. These are determined by calculations of your perceived inconvenience and trauma.
Projected Care Plan
Your case can not go on indefinitely while you are waiting to heal from your injury. At some point you need to ask your doctor for documentation explaining your long-term care plan. This needs to include details about the nature of your injury, how long you are expected to be out of work, and an estimate of future health care needs. Your lawyer can then calculate costs for your long-term care and include them in your pursuit for compensation. Severe, disabling injuries may exceed standard insurance payouts.
The Importance of a Lawyer
Many people try to handle the situation on their own. Insurance claims departments have a protocol to follow when a personal injury happens. They usually talk to both parties and gather medical information. A lawyer, however, knows how to negotiate for more money. Your payout is likely to be more when you use a lawyer. Once you retain a lawyer, your communication with the other party should stop. Your lawyer begins to speak on your behalf.
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