You’ve been involved in an accident where you feel someone else was at fault and you’re injured, but not seriously enough to warrant a $1,000 ambulance ride. What do you do? Do you immediately go to the hospital? Wait until the next day to see how you are feeling? Wait a week or so to see if your injuries get better on their own with time? Ultimately, those decisions are up to you, but failing to get medical treatment or failing to follow doctor’s orders, can often have a negative effect on your personal injury claim. Unfortunately, there is no bright line rule with regard to medical treatment after an accident, which is one of the many reasons it is important to talk to an attorney before you talk to the liability insurance company about your injuries.
February, the season of love. With Valentine’s Day just behind us, I am sure your relationship with your lawyer was exactly what you were thinking about! All kidding aside, the relationship between a lawyer and her client is a sacred one and one that is so important it is extensively governed by the North Carolina State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct as to what you must, can, and cannot do. The lawyer-client relationship is so important and revered that it has a privilege that while not absolute, is treated with the utmost care and respect. Just like in any relationship, one of the most crucial factors between a lawyer and her client is communication. Communication is key to understanding all aspects of the case from both a factual and legal perspective. If either party holds anything back or is not 100% honest with the other, it can have a detrimental effect on your case—no matter what type of case it is.