When you are filing a personal injury claim, it is essential that you are honest and straightforward with your attorney. This includes providing details about your personal life and your accident so your attorney can be prepared for all possible scenarios. The less surprises there are for your attorney, the better he or she can do their job in representing you.
Here are some important things that you need to share with your personal injury attorney:
- Details of your injury: Give your attorney details about your accident and injury, including where it took place, who was involved, how severe you injuries are, and more. The more detail and evidence you provide, the better it will be for your claim.
- Prior injuries and health conditions: Sometimes insurers will dig into a person’s past medical records in an attempt to undermine their current claim. Provide your attorney with your full medical history so they can anticipate how the defense will react to your previous injuries.
- Bankruptcy filings: If you are filing for bankruptcy, your creditors may come after your settlement or use your financial history against you. Let your attorney know about any bankruptcy filings so they can plan a strategy for you.
- Criminal history: Although having a criminal past shouldn’t prevent you from recovering compensation for an injury, it can hurt your case if you withhold this information from your attorney. The insurance company will likely run a background check to uncover any evidence they can use against you. Always tell your attorney about any misdemeanors or felonies so he or she can prepare accordingly.
- If you are filing for divorce: Personal injury settlements may be subject to division during a divorce, so make sure that you inform your attorney. If your injury was the cause of your divorce, this may also factor into the overall compensation package for your claim.
- Has anyone contacted you about your case? Tell your attorney if the liable party or their insurance company has contacted you and what your conversation involved. If they continue to message or call you, forward these inquiries to your attorney. Avoid discussing any details of your case without consulting your attorney first.
At Palmisano & Goodman, P.A., our Woodbridge personal injury attorneys are here to help you fight for fair compensation. We approach each case meticulously so we understand the big picture of a client’s case and how their personal lives are affected by their claim. If you would like to discuss your case in a free consultation, feel free to contact our office at (732) 709-4400.