Instructions: Your Case
DO NOT DISCUSS YOUR CASE WITH STRANGERS – You can tell people that you were hurt in an accident, but do not discuss legal matters with strangers. Don’t even talk to your insurance company or to any lawyers hired by your own insurance company without notifying us so that we may be present if we desire. We will generally want these statements taken in our office. Insurance companies often hire private investigators to conduct video surveillance on the injured parties.
YOUR DOCTOR – Your should return to each of your doctors as often as necessary and should always tell them about all your complaints. If you see any additional doctors, be sure we are advised immediately of their names and addresses.
RECORDS OF COMPLAINTS – Please keep a daily or weekly record of your complaints and progress. This can be very helpful when, a year later, you will be called upon to relate your pain and difficulties.
WAGES AND EARNINGS LOST – Please keep an accurate record of all days lost from work because of your injuries.
MEDICAL BILLS – Obtain and keep duplicate copies of all medical, hospital and drug bills. You should periodically send these bills to us for our files. Also keep records of any other expenses you may have in connection with your accident, such as the hiring of extra help. All your bills should be paid by cheque or you should obtain and keep receipts. You should keep a list of all your medical bills and the costs incurred in going to your doctor.
CAR REPAIR – Do not have your automobile repaired until you are sure that we have obtained pictures of it. After pictures are taken by this office have your collision insurance carrier repair your car.
TRAFFIC OFFENCES – If you are arrested in connection with this accident, call one of the lawyers in the office immediately and we will see that someone represents or advises you. In the event of a coroner’s inquest or other type of hearing be sure to notify this office so that we will be able to represent you in connection with this inquest.
WITNESSES – Furnish to us immediately the correct names, address, and telephone numbers of any and all witnesses you may learn of.
SAVE YOUR CAST – If your injury requires a cast, brace, traction, or other appliance save it. When the case is set for hearing you should bring these items with you.
PHOTOGRAPHS – Send us the negatives and prints of any photographs pertaining to your case which you or any of your friends have taken. If you are required to be in the hospital and are receiving any type of treatment like traction or physical therapy, please notify our office.
HOSPITAL AND DOCTOR BILLS – Have your own auto insurance carrier pay as many hospital and doctor bills under the medical payment provisions of you policy as possible. You should also have your hospitalization insurance, such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, pay as much on your bills as possible. You should not expect doctors and hospitals to pay until your case is tried or settled to receive payment. You should, therefore, pay any balance as soon as possible.
QUESTIONS – We will probably not contact you until we have something definite to report. We will be contacting you for depositions, answers to interrogatories, and when your case goes to trial, which may be in excess of one year from the time that suit is filed. If you have any specific questions in regard to these instructions or any other matters in regard to your case, please feel free to call or write us.
YOUR ADDRESS – Be sure to keep us advised of any change in your address or telephone number. Please do not come in expecting to see one of the attorneys without an appointment.