Ten percent of us are hurt every year, usually due to someone else's carelessness. Last week, I talked about setting goals for successful completion of your legal case if you were in that group hurt last year. Today, I'll add to the list of things you can do to help your attorney and, therefore, yourself in a meaningful way.
- Don't talk to anyone except your attorney and immediate, trusted family members about your case. That is especially true when the insurance adjuster for the at fault party calls you to get facts and take a recorded statement. You will be on thin ice if you talk to that person.
- Keep and give to your attorney every item that comes into your possession that may be evidence in your case. That includes oral statements and written ones, like letters, made by the defendant at the scene or later. It also includes things like parts of equipment that failed and hurt you, shoes if you slipped and fell, and any foreign substance that you slipped on in a store.
- If possible take photographs of the accident scene, damage to vehicles, wounds and surgical sites, and pieces of equipment or appliances that may have injured you. Give them to your attorney who may use them as evidence to support your case.
- Since lost wages is an important part of any injury case, keep track of the time you have lost and the wages you were earning. If you were injured so badly that you cannot return to your old job, make a list of places where you seek new employment, the dates you apply, who interviews you, and the results you get. Jot down the reason you are given for not getting the job, such as, "We can't use someone who has a hurt back." That kind of statement is very important to prove the harmful effect of an injury on future employability.