Lawyers have a responsibility to give honest advice to their clients and work diligently to obtain justice for them. Clients have responsibilities during their lawsuits as well. The most important responsibility a client has during his or her lawsuit is to do all they can to get well as soon as possible.
As I've said before, the purpose of a lawsuit is not to make money, but to make an injured person whole. To replace that which was taken from you when you were injured, and to compensate you for the damages caused by the negligent party.
With this in mind, it is imperative that you work as hard as you can to get well after an injury. Often, when you are first injured, your entire life spirals out of control. We offer advice and help, but it is up to you to push forward and get better.
The first thing you need to do after your injury is to go to the doctor.
And, you need to make sure you keep all of your doctors' appointments. If you know you're going to miss a doctor's appointment, make sure to reschedule appointments in a timely manner. Additionally, you must follow your doctors' orders. Your doctors will play a major factor in your lawsuit when you are asking for medical bills to be repaid, especially if you will need medical care after your case has settled. Missing appointments and ignoring doctor's orders will tell a jury you don't care about your case, so they won't either.
Employment is often a big problem you will face after being injured, especially if you're a Jones Act client or a client who works in heavy-duty labor industries like construction.
Here at V&B, we often see clients who have been injured to the point they won't ever be able to work a heavy-duty labor job again. If you're in this position, your doctors might be able to release you to work a light or medium duty job, depending on how much you're able to recover from your injury. If you are able to work a light or medium duty job, you must try to find a job in these restrictions. It does not matter if it pays less, your lawyers can recover your lost wages. If your doctor has released you to return to work, and you haven't looked for work, that will tell the jury you aren't suing to get better, but to hit the jackpot.
The most important piece of evidence in any personal injury case is the injured person. If you haven't been doing everything you can to get well, the jury will hold that against you at trial.
To discuss your legal options with V&B Attorneys' personal injury lawyers, contact us now. Call us at 877-724-7800 or fill out a contact form on our website.