What can I do to help my injury claim?
Miley Legal Group
There are several steps you can take to help with your West Virginia personal injury claim. They basically fall into 3 categories: what you do at the accident scene, monitoring your health, and communicating with your attorney.
At the Accident Scene
If you are severely injured at an accident site, then you should concentrate on getting medical attention. But if you are able to function (or if a loved one is nearby who can assist you), you should try to take pictures of the accident scene, obtain contact information from witnesses who saw what occurred, and preserve any damaged items including clothing.
Monitoring Your Condition after the Accident
You should also photograph your injuries and keep a pain journal that details who your injuries/treatments are progressing. Be sure to follow all of the physician’s instructions pertaining to medications, rest, and therapy. Keep a file which documents all of your medical bills, doctor’s instructions, prescriptions, and rehabilitation visits.
Communicating with Your Attorney
This is arguably the most important way you can help your West Virginia personal injury claim. You must provide your Clarksburg personal injury attorney with as much information as possible. Do not hold back or exaggerate information.
Some people might feel uncomfortable discussing private details about their medical history or other topics with someone they don’t know very well. But everything you say to your lawyer is covered by attorney-client privilege – which means they cannot discuss it with anyone without your consent. Conversely, if you lie, embellish, or withhold something from your Clarksburg personal injury attorney, the defense may challenge your credibility – and it could ultimately harm your claim.
Contacting a Clarksburg Personal Injury Attorney
Part of developing and supporting a successful personal injury is working with an attorney who understands your case and the applicable West Virginia laws that apply to your circumstances. Before accepting any insurance settlement offer, contact the Clarksburg personal injury attorneys at The Miley Legal Group for a FREE consultation about your case – (304) 326-1800.