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Title: Best Practices When Working With A Personal Injury Lawyer 2019


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Best Practices When Working With A Personal
Injury Lawyer 2019
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The dos and donts when youre in the midst of
your personal injury case
  • When youve been injured to the point where you
    are unable to resume your normal daily activities
    and your quality of life has been affected,
    working with a personal injury lawyer to make
    sure that you get everything that youre entitled
    to from insurance companies is a smart choice.

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  • Once youve made that decision however, there
    are things that you should and shouldnt do in
    order to mitigate any issues with your case.
  • Your lawyer can only help you if you help them,
    so here are some ways that you can ensure you
    both move forward on the best possible footing.

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Ask A Lot Of Questions
  • Before you decide to work with a personal injury
    lawyer, you need to ask them a lot of questions.
    They will ask you many as well, but the point is
    to make sure that you have the best possible
    representation in what is going to be a
    relatively lengthy process.

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  • Unlike the claim to have a car repaired, which
    can be resolved in just days, a personal injury
    claimwhether as a result of a motor vehicle or
    other accidentcan take far longer to negotiate
    and settle. You want to be comfortable with the
    lawyer that you choose.

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Here are some sample questions that you might
want to ask
  • What is your specialty?
  • This may seem like a silly question, but Ive
    met with many clients who were considering hiring
    their brother-in-law to handle their case.

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  • The legal system is complex, which is why a
    talented lawyer who practices real estate or
    family law may not necessarily be equipped to get
    this job done right.
  • A lawyer who focuses in personal injury law will
    be up to date on the latest case law and have an
    extensive network of contacts in the industry, to
    say nothing of relevant experience in the
    simplest to the most complex cases.

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  • Do you have experiences with cases like mine?
  • Motor vehicle accident injury cases are
    different from workplace injuries.
  • If the lawyer youre talking to only has
    experience with the latter, but you were injured
    in a car crash, you might want to keep looking.

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  • How much success have you had obtaining
    settlements for your clients?
  • In all fairness, thanks in part to the fact that
    you dont pay a personal injury lawyer until the
    settlement has been reached, most quality PI
    lawyers will not take on a case that they dont
    have a reasonable expectation of settling
    satisfactorily.

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  • In other words they wont take on a case they
    cant win, because if they dont win, they dont
    get compensated for their time and effort.

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  • Do you know how the insurance companies think
    and work?
  • While many lawyers have only ever worked for the
    injured party, finding one who has worked on the
    other side defending the insurance companies, as
    I have, is important.
  • Having that level of inside knowledge on how
    everything works can be very useful in any
    negotiation situation.

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  • Once youve decided on a personal injury lawyer
    that youd like to work with, and theyve
    reciprocated, make sure that you ask them to
    outline how payment will work what they will
    bill for and when.
  • Typically, there are expenses beyond the
    percentage of the settlement that will be added
    to a final tally. You need to know up front what
    those might be and approximately how much they
    could add up to.

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  • For example, if independent medical reports are
    required, the cost of these would be added on.
  • Because of the
  • long duration of a settlement of an injury
    claim, its worthwhile to make sure that the
    lines of communication between yourself and your
    lawyer stay open. Keep them updated on your
    condition, your treatment and your overall
    wellbeing.

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Be Honest
  • Related to the last point, above, is the fact
    that you must be 100 honest with your lawyer at
    all times. They cant help you if you omit or
    even outrightly lie about certain information
    about your health, injuries, the accident or any
    other aspect of the case.

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  • This happens in particular if a person is
    progressing with their treatment in the two years
    leading up to the settlement and find that they
    can return to some level of the previous
    activities.
  • They worry that in admitting this to their
    lawyer, they will dash all hopes of obtaining a
    settlement.

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  • Ultimately, it will come out during
    negotiationsinsurance companies do their work
    and research tooand it could damage your case
    very badly.
  • I cant very well defend you by stating that you
    can barely walk and then have the defense lawyer
    show me video of you tarring your driveway three
    months ago.

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  • Information that you might forget to mention to
    your lawyer, thinking they arent relevant (but
    they are)
  • Changes in your injury condition whether
    improvement or not.
  • Changes in your doctors reports concerning your
    injury condition.
  • Any pre-existing medical conditions or previous
    injuries that could impact the settlement

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  • Changes in your work. If you decide, for example,
    to return to work part time, you need to tell
    your lawyer about it right away (preferably even
    before you go back).
  • Any life activities, trips or other events that
    if captured on surveillance might make it look
    like youre not that badly off. If youre
    planning to go on vacation, tell your lawyer.

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Watch What You Say Online
  • In the same vein as being honest and sharing
    changes in your situation with your lawyer, its
    also important for clients not to share much of
    anything online.

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  • Even with privacy settings on, you dont know
    who your friends know and the picture of your
    salsa dancing on vacation a month after your
    accident wont help you, particularly if you
    didnt share with your lawyer that you were going
    on the trip in the first place.

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Keep Up With Your Treatments
  • As the saying goes do what the doctor orders.
    If you are given a treatment schedule, follow it.
  • If you are meant to be seeing a physiotherapist
    or other practitioner, do it. Follow your
    doctors orders carefully and to the letter.

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  • If you have any questions about your therapy,
    ask. What you dont want is to decide that you
    feel better, letting your treatment appointments
    lapse. This will appear to the defense as if you
    are not doing what you can to mitigate the impact
    of your injuriesin other words, that you arent
    acting in good faith.

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  • It will not help the outcome of your settlement
    negotiations one bit, so keep going to those
    appointments.
  • Whatever happens, you have to view your
    relationship with your
  • personal injury lawyer as a partnership
    together, youre going to get to an end result
    that works but not if youre working against one
    another.
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