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Preparing for a consultation with a personal injury lawyer

BOLD Marketing - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Scheduling a consultation with a personal injury attorney is a big step toward gaining compensation for you or your loved one. However, to make the most of your meeting, there are a few items you should organize and bring for the attorney to review.

 

What to bring to an initial consultation

 

A narrative of events

If you have not already written down everything describing the event that left you or a loved one injured, do so before you meet with an attorney. A written narrative will help you keep your thoughts organized and help ensure you do not leave out important details. If possible, include relevant dates, times, addresses and names. The more specific your narrative is, the better.

 

Copies of all forms relevant to the injury:

  • •Incident or accident reports

    • •Drivers’ licenses

      • •Contact information of everyone involved

      • •Medical paperwork and bills

      • •Records of lost wages or missed work days

  • •Insurance policies

 

Copies of correspondence

Anything you have about your personal injury in writing can be helpful for your case. For example, if you were emailing your insurance company about the injury, bring email copies to the consultation. Informal means of communication, like text messages with a supervisor about missing work or even with a friend about the pain you’re experiencing, can help a lawyer gain more insight into your situation.

 

A list of questions

Take some time before your meeting to sit with a pen and paper away from distractions and jot down every concern that comes to mind. Once you’re done, reform your thoughts into a list questions for your meeting. Here are some ideas to get you started:

•How many personal injury clients have you represented?

•What is your communication process?

•What steps do I need to take to help us reach a successful outcome?

•Do you think an expert witness would help in my case? Would you be able to contact one?

•Does the statute of limitations apply to my case?

•Would you be handling my case or would there be a team to support me?

 

A personal injury attorney should never charge you for an initial meeting. You both should be taking this time to get to know each other and learn more about how you could work together.

 

To see if our experienced team of professionals is right to represent you or your loved one, contact us to set up a no-cost consultation.

 

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What to do if you or a loved one is the victim of medical negligence

BOLD Marketing - Thursday, April 05, 2018

Medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer.* For many people the medical profession and those who work within it can be very intimidating. Most people are taught from an early age that physicians are trusted sources of advice and that their decisions and recommendations should not be questioned; but sometimes those decisions have life-altering outcomes that negatively affect patients and their loved ones. When this occurs it is critical to know what steps to take to hold those at fault accountable for their actions.

 

Medical Malpractice

Any act or omission by a healthcare professional during treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of practice, often referred to as the standard of care, and that causes an injury to the patient is considered medical malpractice. This may include:

 

  • •Failure to diagnose
  • •Drug and pharmacy errors
  • •Surgical procedure complications
  • •Childbirth injuries
  • •Inadequate follow-up care
  • •Medical device defects
  • •Nursing home neglect
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In order to succeed in a medical negligence case, the injured party or the person acting on behalf of the injured party must prove that the provider’s negligence directly caused or directly contributed to cause injury or damages to a patient. Proving negligence – defined as the failure to act with the same degree of skill and learning ordinarily used under the same or similar circumstances by members of the provider’s profession – is the key to a successful malpractice claim.

 

Don't wait to seek help. 

 

Medical negligence cases are barred if you do not bring them within a specific time period referred to as the statute of limitations. In general, the statute of limitations is two years after the medical malpractice event; but there are four recognized exceptions to this limitation under Missouri law. The exceptions are the “foreign object” exception, the “failure to inform” exception, the “minor child” exception and the “continuing treatment” exception. The rules regarding statutes of limitation in general, as well as the recognized exceptions to such statutes, are strictly construed so you should consult an attorney immediately in any case where you believe medical negligence may have occurred. In medical malpractice cases the sooner you act the better because if you miss the statutory deadline you will not be able to file suit to hold the negligent party or parties responsible for the harm they have caused.
 
Contact us, and we will help you determine if your case has merit during a no-cost consultation.
 
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The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based upon advertisements alone.

© 2017 Cook Barkett Ponder & Wolz. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited.