Someone that suffered a back injury as the result of a car accident has a complex case to present to a personal injury attorney. Still, that does not mean that the lawyer-client team have little chance for winning such a case.
First, make clear to any consulted lawyer the type of back injury you have suffered:
• Was the spinal cord injured?
• Have you become a paraplegic or a quadriplegic?
• Was soft tissue harmed?
• Did you develop a herniated disc?
• Did you break any bones in your back?
Next, be sure to collect as the evidence of the money spent on treating your back injury:
• Collect all the medical bills: those from doctors, hospitals and other medical facilities. That includes any money paid a testing facility, or money paid for parking.
• Determine the length and cost of any hospital stay, as well as the cost of time spent at a rehabilitation center.
• Determine the cost of any ambulance ride.
• Determine the cost of any needed surgery.
Keep tabs on the amount paid for each piece of medical equipment. If your home must be changed, in order to accommodate a wheel chair or similar device, how much did that cost?
Provide your personal injury lawyer in Collingwood, with access to your saved bills.
Discuss with your attorney any other losses, or any ongoing expenses.
Remember that Ontario puts a cap on the amount awarded for pain and suffering.
• Will you be needing a caregiver?
• Will you need a housekeeper, or someone to do maintenance chores?
• To what extent did you lose wages?
• What do you project, in terms of future lost income?
Take some pictures of the challenges that you face, while performing daily activities. Share those with your lawyer; do not post any on a social networking site. Those shared with your attorney can be used to go after the maximum amount of money that you are allowed, as compensation for pain and suffering.
Keep a journal or diary
Record any instance of pain. What activity triggered the pain? How long did it last? How frequently did the same pain recur?
Be sure to take any prescribed medications. Record how effectively each med worked to reduce your pain, or allowed you to enjoy a greater amount of movement.
Be sure to attend any scheduled treatment sessions. Record the results: did the pain subside? Were you able to perform more activities?
Go to any scheduled rehabilitation sessions. How did each session affect the amount of pain that you had to endure?
Keep track of the time and money spent going to any treatment session or rehabilitation session. Share all the information with your lawyer. Make note of any feedback that you receive, whether oral or written.