When you injure your elbow in a pickup basketball game, you may have a few questions about what your rights are and how you should proceed. If you feel that your injury rises to the level where you need to engage a personal injury lawyer, it is important to contact one right away. Your attorney will help explain your rights and responsibilities and make sure that you have the proper documentation so that when you go to court or mediation, you will have a fair hearing. After that is taken care of, there are 3 steps you should take to make sure that a temporary injury doesn't become a lifelong financial or physical problem.
Photos are a great way to document your elbow injury. You will want these images to be date stamped so that it is easy to verify when they were taken. Make sure that these photos are taken from a variety of angles and include both closeups and medium distance images. If a ligament has been broken, you will want to document your arm without support so that you will have evidence of the severity of the injury. Get these images taken right away where you are at so that there is no debate about when and where it happened. If you have any x-rays, CT scans, or MRI images you will want to have those available as well. Put all these images together and make sure that you have digital copies of them all in a separate location so that you have backup in case a hard drive crashes or anything else happens to them.
Your attorney will give you a good doctor to go to to help take care of your elbow injury. After your initial examination, your doctor will provide recommendations to help you get back to where you used to be. Make sure that you don't delay their treatment options. These treatments may involve expensive surgeries and other rehabilitation, but it is important that you get your elbow treated. If you don't, scar tissue could build up in your elbow and cause permanent mobility problems. Work with your attorney to keep your insurance carrier in the loop so that you can avoid the costs of major surgery and still be taken care of.
After surgery, make sure that you get the rehab that you need. Even if your insurance won't cover all of your rehab, work through your attorney with any culpable parties to get enough so that you can return to full strength. That may entail some negotiations between your attorney, property managers, insurance companies, and your rehab therapists; however, you should expect to return to full strength after your injury. Often cases won't be settled until after you have made a full recovery, so it can take some time to receive all your compensation.
When you get injured, it can be a painful experience. Make sure that you consult with an attorney first so that you can recover both physically and financially quickly.