05 Mar Have you been injured by a distracted driver? – Part 3
Earlier this week we began giving you tips and information on what to do if you have been injured by a distracted driver. Today we finish with:
In a personal injury case, documentation is important. Take photos of your injuries. Also, include recent photos of yourself taken before the injuries occurred. Keep a journal about your injuries and medical attention. Be precise about everything, including the daily extent of your pain. Even the smallest of points is significant information.
Keep all appointments with your medical providers. Explain to your doctors, in detail, any problems you continue to experience as a result of your injuries. This ensures your medical record is complete, which is important when it comes time to negotiate a settlement or go to trial.
DO keep your final appointment with your doctor. This is when your doctor will usually provide you with a ‘permanency rating’ if your injury is permanent. Your attorney must have this information before settlement negotiations can begin.
Don’t be too eager to settle. The claims adjuster you will be dealing with will want immediate resolution. Don’t fall for the temptation of a fast check. Otherwise, you’ll have no recourse if months later you begin experiencing residual pain from your injuries. Before agreeing to a personal injury settlement, be sure you are fully healed and certain of no lingering pain or impairment. Above all — always follow the advice of your personal injury attorney!
Further reading and information: American Bar Association