Anyone that has set aside money for hiring a lawyer, after filing a personal injury claim should not neglect the need for updates. That member of the legal profession should be updated every 3 to 6 months, regarding any progress made by the client, or any setbacks suffered by the same individual. If the injured client notes an unexpected change in his or her condition, then the hired attorney should be contacted before the passage of the 3 to 6-month interval.
What issues must be discussed at the time of the update:
• Has the client received any new documents? Has the lawyer obtained any new documents?
• What has the treating doctor recommended in the way of tests or medications?
• If the lawyers for the other party have suggested that the client should have been secured further protection, before driving the damaged vehicle, does the consulted doctor agree with that suggestion? Is there any medical basis for that suggestion? (This might be discussed if the client had a pre-existing condition.)
• Has the treating doctor prescribed any new medications? Has the client started taking the new medication?
• What was the total amount of money that the client recently spent on medical expenses?
• How many hours has the client spent going to doctor’s appointments? How many hours getting various tests completed?
• If the injury caused pain, has that pain subsided to any degree?
• Does the treatment program seem to be working? Does the client feel that he or she is progressing towards a recovery? At some point, the lawyer and client might feel that they can share their thoughts about the client’s possible return to the workplace.
• How much time has the client been forced to spend away from the workplace? If the client is self-employed, then the lawyer must suggest how they can assess the amount of time lost, due to the client’s injury.
• Has the client received any correspondence from the employer or from the insurance company? Did the client respond to that correspondence, and if so, how?
How to plan for such updates?
During the free consultation, the consulted personal injury lawyer in Lethbridge should explain how he or she likes to receive updates. Some lawyers prefer to speak with a client on the phone, some are more comfortable with sharing emails. By the same token, it would not be inappropriate for an attorney to suggest having face-to-face meetings.
If a client does not have a cell phone, then anyone trying to contact him or her might have to leave a message. If a client does not have a computer, then he or she could not receive emails. Those facts would have to be considered, before establishment of a procedure for offering updates.