How Can I Help My Elderly Parents with a Personal Injury Case?
- Posted on: Mar 1 2019
Engaging in a personal injury case isn’t always easy, even when you are familiar with how these cases work. You may have a fairly open and shut case, thanks to witnesses and evidence, but the whole process can be stressful and tiring. If you’re an elderly person, it can be even worse. When one of your parents or another elderly relative needs to file a personal injury case, they may heavily rely on you to help with the paperwork, court appearances, and other tasks necessary. Here are a few different ways you can help your parents with their case.
Talk to Them About the Injury as Soon as You Can
The older we get, the worse our memory tends to become. Because it’s vital that you have the chain of events from an accident correct, you need to talk to your parent as soon as you can about what happened. Write down every small detail they provide. In some cases, they may not remember these details later on. You also want to make certain you understand what occurred so that the other party doesn’t try to twist your parent’s words or try to confuse them.
You also need to be aware of the timetable. It’s possible for these cases to move very slowly, especially if the insurance company or other party decides to drag things out for as long as they can. If your parent is battling dementia or has other health concerns, they may no longer be able to remember exactly what happened.
Help Decipher the Law
Legal terms are often very specific and, just as often, aren’t well-known or easily understood. One of the best things you can do for your parent is to help them understand the law. They may not understand the process of a personal injury case or what they will be able to do. Talk them through each step and be there for them along the way.
Attend Meetings with Them
While you may not always have the authority to speak on behalf of your parent, you should always attend meetings with them. This includes meetings with, any attorneys, arbiters, and, of course, the court. This is especially important if your parent needs help walking, standing, or has other mobility issues. In this case, you’re not only there to help them with their case, you’re also there to ensure they are safe in an unfamiliar environment.
When it comes to personal injury cases, you need the best on your side. Contact the team at Held & Hines today to connect with one of the top personal injury lawyers in New York.