It’s critical to make sure your legal rights are protected early in the process, the sooner the better, while memories are fresh and documentation is handy.
- If your loss resulted from trauma, consult an attorney as soon as possible. Critical information is lost with time. Most personal injury attorneys will provide a free consultation.
- An attorney can also help you navigate medical and work-related issues and advocate on your behalf.
- Plan to interview more than one attorney to make sure you find the best representation for your interests. Look for someone who is willing to get to know your case. You want to know they’ll be responsive and return your calls.
- Look for an attorney with experience in personal injury, workers’ compensation or general practice.
“When I walk into a hospital room and talk to somebody who had just suffered an amputation, they’re sitting there wondering ‘What is the rest of my life going to look like?’ Then someone like me or one of the other peer advocates at Wiggle Your Toes can say ‘You know what? I’m playing softball, I’m riding my bike, I’m jogging, I’m golfing, I went back to work: this is how I did it.’ To be able to share a personal story like that with an individual who has recently suffered an amputation is invaluable.”