Instructions for Injury Victims
Our Team Is Here For You
At Houck | Reynolds, LLC, our job is to recover compensation for the pain and suffering that you have endured. Throughout the process, we can answer your questions and guide you toward favorable decisions regarding:
- Medical payments and concerns regarding insurance
- How to maintain appropriate records after an injury
- The monetary worth of your case or your claim
- How long it will take to resolve your case
- What filing a lawsuit really involves
Contact us today to get the advocacy and result you need through this complex process.
Things You Should Not Do
- Do not talk about your case with the insurance company or their investigators until you have retained your own lawyer.
- Do not give any statements (written, recorded, or oral) to the insurance company without first speaking with an attorney.
- Often times the release sent to you from your insurance company to settle your property damage claim will release all claims. Do not sign anything from the insurance company until an attorney has reviewed it.
Things For You To Remember
- If you are involved in a wreck, no manner how minor, you must call the police. Do not rely on the other person’s word that he will take care of your repairs or bills.
- Get the contact information of everyone who witnessed the wreck. The police officer will not write down everyone’s information on the police report.
- Take pictures or video of the scene of the wreck and damage to all the vehicles involved (even if it’s with your phone).
- If you are involved in a hit-and-run, you must call the police immediately while at the scene of the incident. If you wait until the following day, your insurance company can deny your claim.
- If you are injured as a pedestrian or in someone else’s car, call your own insurance company. You will have to provide notice to them to preserve any UM benefits that may be available to you.
- Medical items: Save all pill bottles, casts, braces, and any other items from your doctors.
- Photographs: Take pictures to document any bruising or other injuries.
- Keep a diary of what pain and inconveniences you have gone through on a daily basis.
- Receipts: Be sure to save all receipts itemizing any and all expenses you incur as a result of your accident.
Five Big Mistakes Clients Make
- Not seeing the doctor if you are in pain.
- Not doing what your doctor tells you.
- Not keeping your doctor’s appointments.
- Failing to tell your doctor about medical problems due to the accident.
- Failing to be honest with your attorney about your prior treatment or pre-existing injury you may have had.
Follow Your Doctor’s Advice
Be sure to do what your doctors tell you to do. If at all possible never miss a doctor’s appointment. By missing an appointment, you are saying to the doctor and the insurance company that you aren’t hurt enough for it to matter.
It is important for your doctor to have up-to-date information on your condition and know how you are feeling. Each time you go to the doctor and report that you are still in pain, your doctor makes an entry in his or her records. Some clients get discouraged and do not see their doctor even though they are having pain.
Not going to the doctor is a good way to prove, instead, that you are not hurting. If you are in pain and you do not see a doctor, the insurance company and the jury will not believe that you are having pain. This is also very important for you in order to make a full and complete recovery for your injuries.