Serious and Catastrophic Injuries
Serious and catastrophic accidents are some of the most difficult to deal with. We sometimes find that a client has lost the use of his arms or legs and is unable to properly care for himself. As a result of the high amount of damages suffered by these individuals, it takes an experienced practitioner to deal with the ups and downs of settling or litigating a serious bodily injury case. The attorneys in our Personal Injury Law Section pride ourselves on our ability to settle these types of claims as quickly and fairly as possible.
(Please note the following comments are general in nature, are not intended to address a specific legal question, and do not constitute legal advice.)
Generally speaking, if you have been involved in an automobile accident:
If you are not taken to a hospital, see a doctor as soon as possible.
A lawyer’s purpose is to practice law and a doctor’s is to practice medicine. As a result, we leave medical treatment to the sound discretion of the doctor.
Make sure you follow all advice given by your doctor. Also, make sure your doctor understands exactly why you hurt. It is the important that the medical records reflect a true and accurate account of your injuries, as this is usually the basis upon which insurance companies settle claims.
Try not to speculate about other causes of a particular pain unless you are sure. If you speculate that there may be another cause and it is written in the medical records, the insurance company will be sure to look at that and use it as a basis for lowering the amount of settlement, claiming there is a pre-existing injury. However, be honest at all times about pre-existing injuries that you know about.