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J. Robert Bratman is a Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark's Accident & Personal Injury Group.

You have the right to be kept informed on the status of your pending personal injury case. If your calls to the attorney you have chosen to represent you go unanswered then maybe it is time to find a new lawyer. If the lawyer who is handling your claim cannot find the time to keep you updated then find a lawyer who will treat your case with the importance it deserves.

While it is quite normal for personal injury litigation to go on for several years you have the right to be kept informed on the progress of your claim and the important strategy decisions made by your attorney. Reasonable requests to meet with your lawyer to review the status of your file should not be denied. If the lawyer you have chosen for representation rebuffs your attempt to meet her, then that is a sign that it is time to find new counsel.

If you ever have the unfortunate experience of being involved in an accident it is extremely important that you document everything! Never agree to just “settle things without police involvement.” Someone who admits fault to avoid calling the police is very likely to remember things differently when you present that person with a damage estimate a few days later.

We live in an age when even the most modest cell phone takes pictures. Photograph the final resting places of the vehicles as well as the property damage at the scene. If you are hurt go to the hospital right away. When you are at the hospital make sure that whoever is collecting information from you is clear about your complaints and the manner in which you were injured. And remember it is a prudent person who contacts a lawyer early so that they know their rights and obligations.