After suffering an injury due to another person’s negligence, you have a legal right to compensation to help you deal with the consequences, and get whole again. At The O’Connell Law Firm, P.C., in Denver, Colorado, we represent people in personal injury and wrongful death claims.
Our attorneys focus on maximizing the compensation available to accident victims, and making sure that people are treated fairly by gigantic insurance companies. To learn more about legal representation to help you through this, contact us for a free initial consultation.
There are also some things you can do right after an accident to make sure you are maximizing your ability to be treated and compensated fairly. Read these tips carefully and discuss them with your attorney at the first available opportunity.
1. Get Medical Treatment. The truth of the matter is that you may have pain and discomfort after an accident, but if you don’t get medical treatment, then it is easy for insurance companies to paint the picture that you are not hurt. Failure to get treatment can be very damaging to a case.
2. Be Consistent With Your Medical History. When filling out your medical paper work or speaking with your doctor/nurse, communicate your symptoms. Not just the symptoms you are having that very moment, but your symptoms since the accident.
3. Be Descriptive With Your Symptoms. When communicating your symptoms to your medical provider, specifically identify the type of pain you are experiencing. Different types of symptoms indicate different types of injuries. Don’t write that you have “pain.” Describe the pain.
4. Be Accurate About Your Medical History. For example, if you have had medical issues with your shoulder before an accident and then suffered a new shoulder injury from an accident, it is extremely important that you tell your doctors about your prior shoulder symptoms and treatment. The law allows you to bring a claim if an accident worsened (aggravated) a pre-existing medical condition.
5. Communicate With Your Attorney. Whenever you plan on seeing a new medical doctor or getting new tests or radiological studies, let your attorney know. Your attorney is there to help guide you through the process, but they cannot do that if you do not keep them informed.