Being injured at the hands of a negligent party can be a frustrating experience,
especially when dealing with the various complexities of your subsequent
personal injury claim. While the difficulties you face are undeniable, it is nevertheless
crucial that you remain honest and upfront with your personal injury attorney
regarding your case. In many cases, being truthful and providing your
lawyer with the information they need can make difference between a favorable
settlement and a denied claim.
To maximize your chances of success, it is crucial you tell your attorney
How your injury occurred: The exact details of when and how an injury occurred can play a great role
in the strategy your attorney chooses when representing your case. Whether
your injury occurred as the result of a car accident, workplace mishap,
or other cause, be sure to disclose all relevant information.
Any previous or additional injuries: Your lawyer will need to know about any other injuries you have had or
any other accidents that you have been involved in in the past. If an
opposing insurance company or attorney attempts to claim that your injuries
existed prior to your collision, your claim will be placed in serious
jeopardy unless your attorney is able to refute these assertions. Likewise,
if you have suffered an additional injury since your accident, the opposition
may believe that you are attempting to secure compensation for injuries
unrelated to your claim.
Lost wages and medical expenses: Any and all financial details related to your injury will be relevant
to your case, including lost wages, medical bills, prescription drug costs,
copays, and other expenses stemming from your injury. Keep all receipts
and invoices related to your care and write down any dates that you are
forced to miss work.
Your criminal history: While your previous criminal history will likely have little to no impact
on the outcome of your injury claim, it is likely that the involved insurance
company’s lawyers will run a background check on you during the
process. Letting your attorney know about any past convictions will allow
them to identify and prepare for any potential areas of conflict.
Impending divorces: If you are divorcing or recently divorced, your spouse or ex-spouse may
be entitled to receive a portion of your injury settlement. This is especially
true if they have supported you in any fashion since you were injured.
Bankruptcy filings: If you have previously filed for bankruptcy or are currently involved
in the bankruptcy process, your creditors may be entitled to receive a
portion of any settlement you receive from your injury case.
Contact from any involved party: If anyone related to your case should contact you, such as an insurance
adjuster, the owner of the property where you were injured, or the driver
of another vehicle involved in your
car accident, call your attorney immediately. Your attorney will be able to handle
communications on your behalf and protect you against various pitfalls.
Get Rourke & Blumenthal on Your Side
In many cases, your chances of securing compensation after an accident
of any kind are directly influenced by the creativity and skill of your
personal injury attorney. At Rourke & Blumenthal, our Columbus personal
injury lawyers have been fighting for the rights of injured clients for
more than 75 years combined, securing millions of dollars on our clients’
behalf along the way. Having earned
numerous Super Lawyers® recognitions and an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for
our unmatched dedication and excellence, we have what it takes to ensure
your interests are guarded.
Dial (614) 321-3212 or
contact us online today to find out more about how we can assist you.