How does this process work and will my case be going to court?
As you know, we are attempting to make an insurance claim for your injuries. Once your doctor concludes that you have obtained the best recovery possible (maximum medical improvement) and prepares a final report, then we will be in a position to begin preparing your comprehensive demand package, which consists of proof of negligence, medical records, medical prognosis, medical billing, lost wages, and other pertinent information. Once completed, the comprehensive demand package is sent to the insurance company. This typically begins the negotiation process.
At that point we have not yet filed a lawsuit. In fact, we do not know if a lawsuit or trial will be necessary. In the event that we are unable to reach a settlement through negotiating with the insurance company, then filing a lawsuit on your case will be discussed with the attorney. Not all cases justify the filing of lawsuits. Likewise, not all cases warrant proceeding to a trial.
What should I be doing while my case is progressing?
It is important for you to undergo treatment and therapy as is necessary and recommended by your doctor. This should assist in your actual recovery and will best document your injury. It is also important for you to inform us if the doctor sends you for tests or treatment outside of their office. Please keep us apprised as to how the treatment is going and what the doctors are saying about your injuries.
Should I speak with the insurance companies about my injuries?
Do not, under any circumstances, speak with any insurance company regarding your injuries. If you are receiving calls from an insurance company, inform them that you have retained counsel, and then relay our name and number to them so they may contact us for information. Speaking with the insurance company will only be to the insurance company’s advantage, not yours.