At the onset of any lawsuit, your life will be put under a microscope. Every detail of your hospital or doctor visits will be examined. Additionally, your past and future medical visits could also contain important details for your lawsuit. It is important that when your attorney asks you questions that you are very detailed in your answers. Your answers will drive the lawsuit and will determine the trial strategy down the road. It is for these reasons that the more you tell us, the better prepared we are to advocate for you in a court of law.
Once a contract has been signed, our firm will send you several documents which will require your immediate attention. One of these documents will request information concerning your medical providers, both past and present. There is a tendency for clients to only provide information that they believe is relevant. Please fight this urge! When prosecuting a medical malpractice claim, it is important to see the entire picture. Your past medical history will become important when we are calculating damages. Given the importance of this step of litigation, it is important to put “too much” information rather than not enough. The attorneys at The Talaska Law Firm have become experts in determining important information from irrelevant information. All medical information that is not relevant to your case is strictly confidential.
Another important document that you will receive from our office is a detailed client questionnaire. This document will ask for a lot of information including employment history, criminal history, and other important biographical information. Again, it is important to put as much information as possible. There are questions that can be embarrassing or represent a bad decision; however, please do not exclude this information. Remember, anything you tell us directly is considered attorney-client communications and is confidential. As your attorney, we are here to fight for you. If you withhold information that you think is not important, it is likely that the Defense will find out and try to use that information against you later. If you provide this potentially damaging information to us up-front, we are better able to keep it out of the case and protect you.
Any document that you receive from our firm is extremely critical to the success of your lawsuit. The information provided to us will ensure that the correct course is taken to maximize your recovery, if any. Also, it is important to remember that once these forms have been completed your job as a client is not over. It is imperative that you keep us up-to date with any change in your address or telephone number. Without this information, there is no way for us to contact you about your case. As always, if you have any questions, please contact our office at 713-869-1240.