INSTRUCTIONS TO CLIENTS
1. TALK TO NO ONE. Do not talk to anyone about your accident except myself or my secretary. You should always require identification so that you are sure who you are talking to. Don’t even talk to your own insurance company or to any lawyers hired by your own insurance company without notifying me so that I may be present if I desire. I will generally want these statements taken in my office. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING WITHOUT MY PERMISSION.
2. YOUR DOCTOR. You should return to each of your doctors as often as necessary and should always tell them about all your complaints. You should not minimize your ailments to your doctors as it is one of his best ways of knowing how to treat you. If you see any additional doctors, be sure I am advised immediately of their names and addresses.
3. RECORD OF COMPLAINTS. Please keep a daily or weekly record of your complaints and progress. This can be very helpful when, a year later, you will be able to recall your pain and difficulties more vividly.
4. WAGES AND EARNINGS LOST. Please keep an accurate record of all days lost from work because of your injuries.
5. MEDICAL BILLS. Obtain and keep duplicate copies of all medical, hospital and drug bills. You should periodically send these bills to me for my file. Also keep records of any other expenses you may have in connection with your accident such as the hiring of extra help. All your bills should be paid by check or you should obtain and keep receipts. You should make and keep a list of all your medical bills and the costs incurred in going to your doctor.
6. CAR REPAIR. Do not have your automobile repaired until you are sure that I have obtained pictures of it. After pictures are taken by this office have your collision insurance carrier repair your car.
7. TRAFFIC OFFENSES. Never plead guilty to any traffic offenses and if you are arrested in connection with this accident, call me immediately and I will represent and advise you. In the event of a coroner’s inquest or other type of hearing be sure to notify this office so that I will be able to represent you in connection with this inquest.
8. WITNESSES. Furnish to me immediately the correct names and addresses and telephone numbers of any and all witnesses you may learn of.
9. SAVE YOUR CAST. If your injury requires a cast, brace, traction or other appliance, save it for evidence and trial. You should notify me that you are keeping these things and when the case is set for hearing you should bring these items with you.
10. PHOTOGRAPHS. Send me the negative and prints of any photographs pertaining to your case which you or any of your friends have taken. If you are required to be in the hospital and are receiving any type of treatment like traction or physical therapy, please notify my office so that I can photograph you.
11. HOSPITAL AND DOCTOR BILLS. Have your own auto insurance carrier pay as many hospital and doctor bills under the medical payment provisions of your policy as possible. You should also have your hospitalization insurance, such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, pay as much on your bills as possible. Doctors and hospitals are more cooperative when their bills are paid. You should not expect them to wait until your case is tried or settled to receive payment. You should, therefore, pay any balance as soon as possible.
12. QUESTIONS. I will probably not contact you until I have something definite to report. I will be contacting you for depositions, answers to interrogatories, and when your case goes to trail, which may be in excess of one year from the time that suit is filed. If you have any specific questions in regard to these instructions or any other matters in regard to your case, please feel free to call or write me.
13. YOUR ADDRESS. Be sure to keep me advised of any change in your address or telephone number. Please do not come in expecting to see me without an appointment.
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