When a client retains a Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorney, the client and the attorney enter into what is called the attorney-client relationship. Like all relationships, the attorney-client relationship is a two-way street. You pay your attorney, and they spend their time and energy working on your behalf towards a resolution of your automobile accident case. However, the role of the client in his or her own case is not to be underestimated. You, as the client, can do things to help your attorney resolve your case in a favorable manner.
One of the most important things that you can do to help your attorney is also one of the most important things that you can do for yourself – focusing on recovering from your injuries. When you make healing a priority and you consistently do things like attending every scheduled medical appointment on time, you create a record of your dedication to recovering from the injuries that you sustained in the crash. Since all of the information about attendance at and participation in your medical appointments becomes a part of your medical records, this information is available to your attorney and he or she can use it in negotiations with the insurance company or at trial to support your claim for damages.
Whether you are speaking to a doctor about your injuries or you are speaking to your attorney about your case, there is another very important thing that you must do. Telling the truth about all of the things, all of the time is perhaps the single most important thing that you can do during the course of your automobile accident case. This especially pertains to situations in which you are asked to talk about your injuries, as some people have a tendency to minimize them while others exaggerate them. Be aware that it is common for insurers to investigate your auto accident injury claim. Their investigation may include observing you without your knowledge, to see whether you are engaging in any activities that are incongruent with the manner in which you have been describing your injuries to doctors and others involved in your case. Saying anything besides the absolute truth not only puts your credibility at risk, it creates a risk that you will be offered a settlement or verdict that is less than full compensation for the injuries that you suffered or that you will be offered excessive compensation for injuries that are not as severe as you had made them out to be.
Another thing that you can do is to make sure that your attorney has all of the information that you think that they will need to prepare your case. For example, if you have been injured in an automobile accident before, it is important that you tell your attorney about it so that they can factor that information into their evaluation of your claim. Likewise, if you are injured after your accident, either by another car accident or by some other mishap, it is important to share the details of those injuries with your attorney. As you work on healing from your injuries, keep your lawyer apprised of your progress and note any lifestyle changes that you have had to make as the result of your injuries.
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