3 Things Your Personal Injury Lawyer Wants You To Know

Posted on: 5 June 2015

If you've been in an accident and plan on seeking compensation from the responsible party (or his or her insurance company), then the first thing you'll want to do is hire a personal injury lawyer from a law firm like Arrington Schelin & Munsey PC to help you through every step of the way. Throughout your interactions with your lawyer, you're likely to receive all kinds of legal advice; in fact, it might get to be a little overwhelming. With so much advice to share and so much to discuss, there are a few things your lawyer wants you to know but may not yet have mentioned.

You Need to See a Doctor

First of all, if you haven't already seen a doctor as a result of your accident, you need to do so immediately. Even if you don't think you were seriously injured in the accident, seeing a doctor can help identify small injuries that you may not have even known you had. Furthermore, since the symptoms of many injuries (such as whiplash) often don't surface until days after the incident, it's best to get medical attention and treatment sooner rather than later. This will also help your claim should you seek medical compensation down the road.

Your Court Attire Matters

Most lawyers won't touch on this topic because they either think it should be obvious or they don't want to hurt their clients' feelings, but it needs to be said. What you wear to your court hearings matters. Dress the part. For women, this means a pair of dress pants and a blouse with modest shoes and accessories. For men, a suit, or at least a pair of dress pants with a button-up shirt and tie is a must. Dressing appropriately for any court appearance or even a meeting with the insurance company shows that you take your case seriously.

Your Pictures Might Be Useless

You may have taken photos of the accident scene on your smartphone, but if possible, there's a good chance that your lawyer is going to rush out and take his or her own pictures with a high quality camera. That's because lawyers know what specific angles to look for when snapping photos of accident scenes and will be sure to take photos that do a thorough job documenting the scene of your accident in a way that's accurate and representative of your case. This will further increase your chances when it comes to your day in court.