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What To Do When Injured
At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we put our experience and resources to work for you. But while we're working to get you the justice you deserve, you can help strengthen your case by following some important steps after being injured. Please review our guide for what to do and what not to do when injured to help you on your path to justice.
What to do when injured:
- Seek medical care right away. Don't wait to see if the pain "just goes away."
- Document all bodily injuries that you've suffered with digital pictures. Also make note of ongoing pain by journaling how you feel on a daily basis.
- If your vehicle was damaged in a motor vehicle accident, take photographs of the vehicle before it gets repaired. Take multiple pictures with a digital camera documenting all damage to the vehicle. If you use film or a disposable camera, use a whole roll of film and bring it in to us and we'll have it developed. If you do not have a camera, let us know and we will make arrangements to take the pictures.
- If you or someone you know photographed or videotaped the accident, bring the pictures or video in to us to review.
- In medical cases, which may include medical malpractice or dangerous drugs or products, save items from your doctors, including pill bottles, casts and braces.
- Obtain and save receipts for all expenses you incur as a result of your accident. The receipts must be dated and contain legible and complete vendor identification.
- Tell us about any changes in your job, job duties, or salary.
- If you change your address and/or phone number or employment, inform your attorney immediately.
- Inform your attorney about any new information that may affect your case. This may include extensive medical treatment or hospitalization.
What not to do when injured:
- Do not talk about your accident or injuries or give any written, recorded or oral statements to anyone without prior review by your attorney. This includes posting anything about your injury on Facebook or any other social media.
- Do not tell a doctor about any prior injuries or accidents if you are not certain of them. If you don't remember past injuries or accidents, it's okay to admit this to your treating or examining doctor.
- Do not change your address or employment without notifying your attorney.
Avoid Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Case
By not visiting a doctor when you're in pain, by not doing what your doctor tells you or by not keeping your doctor appointments, you are telling the insurance company, your doctor and a jury that your injury is not significant and that you're not in pain. When you visit the doctor, he or she keeps a record of your visit that includes details about your condition.
At the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, we fight to get you the justice you deserve and understand how difficult it is to manage a personal injury that may involve chronic pain. Clients who are in pain sometimes decide not to see the doctor because they are discouraged. Don't make this mistake, as it may affect your claim. You should continue to see the doctor and let him or her know how you are feeling and always advise the doctor about any new medical problems that may arise.
And lastly, don't make the mistake of talking about your case with anybody but your attorney or doctor. If your own insurance company wants to talk about the case prior to paying your medical bills, you should refer them to your attorney.
In over 41 years, we have helped more than 23,000 Mainers collect over $300 million in settlements and benefits. Turn to the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein today and let us help you get the justice you deserve.