Bernard Tully Personal Injury Lawyer. Phone: 412-281-8700
Consider what a client of ours is going through. She was involved in a slip-and-fall accident and had real bad ankle injuries. She ended up having to get surgery and now has to go back for a fusion. Originally, she was scheduled to go in and have the fusion surgery done at the end of March. However, because of the coronavirus, they told her they were postponing all elective surgeries and she has to wait. So how does a situation like this affect the claim and getting the proper value for what you’re going through?
We suggest doing what you can do and deal with things that you can change. There is nothing that you can do about canceled elective surgeries. However, what you can do is to keep a running diary of how you feel each day. Write down what problems are you having. Using our client with the ankle problem as an example, when you walk up steps, how does it affect you? Is there a shooting pain? Does it last for a second or does it last for 20 minutes? Do you have to take medicine for the pain that you weren’t using before? Write all of these things down! It doesn’t have to be an elaborate thing. As long as you say on XYZ day, these are the problems I’m having this and this is how it affected my daily activities.
Then at a later time, we can use this documentation while you’re waiting to get your elective surgery done in the future. When your deposition comes up you will have proof instead of saying, “Well, I was hurting the whole time for seven months.” Saying something so generic like that loses its impact. However, if you say on April 7th I was having trouble with stairs, that’s specific and will get the attention of the other side. They’re going to know that that’s something that you actually experienced or you wouldn’t have written it all down. This is just another tip about what you can do to while you’re waiting to get your elective surgery. Then give it to your attorney at a later point so it can enhance the value of your case.
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Bernard Tully Allegheny County Car Accident and Slip and Fall Ankle Surgery Lawyer. Phone: 412-281-8700 and 1-800-518-0050.