Important "Musts" for your Automobile Accidents
Stay off social media. Simple, right? Defense companies no longer need to hire private investigators. They just go on social media and can secure tons of information regarding people who have been injured and what they are doing on a daily basis. This information is "discoverable" which means the defense can subpoena information based upon what they learn on your social media pages. Alot of this information is admissable in court and can be very damaging. Social Media can ruin a a claim.
Please forward all prescriptions you have paid for out of pocket to our office so that we may include them in your settlement demand. If you do not have a copy of the prescription, you may contact the pharmacy where you had the prescription filled. Most pharmacies can print a list of the prescriptions you have had filled.
Please advise our office of any updates after your doctor's appointments or if your doctor refers you to another doctor, or if you are seen at any hospitals. Please also contact us when your doctor releases you from care. We may be in a position to attempt settlement negotiations at that time.
If you have health insurance, use it to pay your doctors. This can benefit you in obtaining medical treatment, since the automobile liability insurance company is under no obligation to pay any bills up front. Although your health insurance company may have the right to be paid back out of your settlement, we may be able to get them to reduce their lien, thereby obtaining more compensation for you. If you receive any medical bills from providers for treatment related to your injury, please forward copies of the bill to your health insurance company and to our office to the attention of Lorie H. Fuller. If you receive any phone calls from providers or collection agencies regarding any of these bills, please refer them to our office.
Please keep a record of the mileage to and from your doctor's appointments. We must document this mileage so that we can get you reimbursed for this expense.
In order for us to pursue a lost wage claim for you, you must have the Wage and Salary form completed by your employer once you have been released by your doctor and do not anticipate missing any more time from work due to your injuries. Please send us the Wage and Salary form along with your doctor's work excuses. It is very important that we have your doctor's excuses because the insurance company will not consider your lost wage claim unless we have medical proof that you were unable to work.
PROPERTY DAMAGE CLAIMS
Please be advised that the Firm generally does not handle property damage claims. You may speak directly with the adjuster regarding your property damage claim, but do not discuss the facts of how your accident happened or your injuries. Our office will only handle matters regarding property damage if the contract has been adjusted to include property damage. The other party's insurance company should repair your car or, if it's totaled, pay for the fair market value of your car. They should also provide you a rental car while yours is being repaired. If you have a question regarding the fair market value of your car, please call us and we will be glad to look up the approximate value of your vehicle.
We look forward to working with you on your case.