The importance of keeping your solicitor “in the loop”
A personal injury claim is very different to many other types of legal matter, in that the relationship between solicitor and client will continue for usually 12 months at the minimum and often for several years.
It can easily mean that you go a long time without regular contact with your solicitor.
However, it’s important that you keep your solicitor informed of your progress by regularly giving your solicitor updates about changes in your circumstances, especially if you move house or change your contact details.
Some of the things you need to tell your solicitor include:
- Any changes to your medical treatment, such as consulting a new doctor or changing your medication;
- If your work hours or days change;
- If your pain either increases or decreases due to activity, changes in the weather, etc.
- Changes in your living circumstances;
- If you engage a professional cleaner/gardener/handyman to assist you with housework you previously would have done yourself;
- If you have friends or family members move in/out of your home, and those people are assisting you (or previously assisted you) with domestic tasks;
- If you begin receiving payments from Centrelink, or if your payments change.
This is not an exhaustive list. The better job you do of keeping your solicitor informed, the better job your solicitor can do to ensure that you are properly compensated for your injuries, and ensure that all of the ways in which your injuries affect you are taken into account.
It’s far better to provide information too much information (where you aren’t sure about the relevance) than no information at all. Your experienced personal injury solicitor will be able to work out which information is relevant and which information is not.
In today’s digital age, the easiest way to do this is to send your solicitor an email from time to time with a brief update about how you’ve been going. If you do not use email, you can phone your solicitor instead.
If you have been injured in an accident and you were not at fault, you may be entitled to compensation. To arrange a free, no-obligation assessment of your claim, call Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 25 1800 or alternatively, make an online enquiry.
Written by Brett Watts.
Brett Watts is an Associate in Tom Goudkamp and Ruth Hudson’s Practice Group. Brett represents people who have been injured in a variety of accidents including motor vehicle claims and public liability claims.