Personal Injury F.A.Q.
DO'S & DON'T'S
Do get the names, license plate numbers and contact information of any witnesses.
Don’t get angry or argumentative with the person responsible for the accident or talk to the other parties about whether they can pay for your injuries or whether their insurance will pay. Leave those negotiations to your attorney.
Do take numerous photographs of the vehicles, accident scene, injuries and healing process. You can’t have too many.
Don’t discard medical devices, empty pill bottles, defective devices, shoes worn in slip and falls. They make good exhibits.
Do make sure your injuries are properly documented by the appropriate medical provider. See a doctor promptly. Comply with your medical provider’s recommendations. Complete all physical therapy or medication regimens.
Don’t miss appointments with your doctor, physical therapist, or other medical provider. You have a duty to mitigate your damages and injuries.
Do discuss your accident injuries with your medical provider every time you see any medical provider for any reason. If it is not in the medical record it did not happen.
Don’t give a statement to the other party’s insurance company. They are not just being neighborly. They are trying to minimize the amount they will have to pay to settle your claim.
Do keep track of all out of pocket expenses, mileage for medical care, missed work, etc.
Don’t discuss your accident on Facebook or any social media sites. These communications are discoverable and can and will be used against you.
Do contact an experienced personal injury/wrongful death attorney promptly.
Don’t sign any releases or medical waivers or plead guilty to a traffic citation without discussing them with your personal injury lawyer.
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