What one piece of advice to you repeatedly give to your clients?
Mesa, AZ personal injury attorney Wes Wright gives some advice that’s very important for anyone that was injured and pursuing a personal injury case.
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Get the treatment you need and listen to your doctors. What people often don’t realize is after an accident or when we get injured, you know maybe you tweak your back mowing your lawn or something the first thought we have is I’m just going to take it easy for a few days and this will go away because often it does. Or if it doesn’t, we just kind of deal with it, you know, you take your ibuprofen and you move on. In terms of a personal injury context it’s one of the worst things you can do for your case.
I’ll give you an example, someone gets in a car accident and their neck is hurting them and they say that to themselves, they say I’m just going to take easy for a few days and everything will be fine. Well fast forward five, six, seven weeks and they still got neck pain it’s not going away. And then they decide to get into their doctor and then they start treatment. Well, when they’re released from treatment and we reach out to the insurance company one of the first things we will hear inevitably is well, your client could not have been hurting as bad as you’re saying because for six weeks after the accident, she never got any treatment. And you’ve essentially given the insurance company an argument that does resonate with juries just by putting it off.
And so, the one piece of advice I always give my clients is get the treatment you need, follow your doctor’s orders, just follow through. We’ll handle the rest but you need to get the treatment you need.