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  • After You’ve Retained a Personal Injury Attorney

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    Now once you’ve retained an attorney, all you need to worry about is
    getting better. If you have health insurance, then that’s excellent. You
    can go see your family doctor or whatever physicians are in your network
    and your care can be managed by you and your doctor, over the course of a
    month, two months or however long it may take.

    The attorney is not really involved in that process. They sit back and wait
    to see how the treatment progresses and they may check in with you or check
    in with your doctor periodically just to see that everything is all right
    and to ensure that everything is proceeding at pace. But really, your care
    is dependent upon you and your physician.

    Now for those who don’t have health insurance, the attorney can arrange for
    you to be treated by a doctor who will work on something called a “lien
    basis”. What that means is that the doctor will not make you pay anything
    up front, but will just keep track of all of the expenses as they
    accumulate and will ask to be paid when the case is over or when the case
    is settled.

    So if you don’t have health insurance, don’t worry about it. We can arrange
    for you to see a doctor to get the care that you need, to get the
    diagnostics that you need, to ensure that you’re on the road to recovery
    and that you’re doing better.

    In the meantime, what the attorney is going to be doing is contacting the
    opposing party, whether they have an insurance adjustor or somebody in the
    claims department is going to obtaining any information that they may have
    on their insurance policy, in case of an auto accident – the policy limits.
    Is going to obtaining from them any other information about the incident
    that they may have. At that point, we’ll pretty much be sitting back and
    waiting for you to finish your treatment.

    Now once you are done treating, you let your attorney know, and we will
    obtain all of the medical records, all of the billing records, any lost
    wage information that you may have, if you have had to miss work. At that
    point, we will assemble it all together into a packet, called a “demand
    package”. We will contact the client, discuss what the medical bills are,
    what the injuries were, what the amount of lost wages is.

    And come up with a total demand figure, which will then be put into a cover
    letter, with the medical records, the medical bills, and the lost wage
    information attached and will be sent off to the opposing party with an
    overall demand amount.

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