After being involved in a serious car accident, I really believed that my insurance company would take care of everything. It wasn't until I finally received their settlement offer that I realized they were not on my side at all. This is when I got wise and consulted a personal injury lawyer. It was the best decision I could have made. Thanks to my attorney, not only did I learn a lot about personal injury law, but I actually got the compensation that I needed and deserved. I made a lot of mistakes after my accident, but I also learned a lot along the way. It is my hope that this blog will allow other accident victims to learn from common mistakes and get the information they need to be successful in their own personal injury claims.
If you have been injured in a car accident and another person was at fault for your injuries, you may have a viable personal injury lawsuit to file. While there will be a number of factors to consider, such as the extent of your injuries and any losses that may have occurred, gathering together the right information before to meet with an attorney, such as Monohan & Blankenship, to have your case assessed is essential. From a complete set of medical records to any accident reports that were filed, the more details you can provide the attorney, the better handle they will have on your case.
Get All Filed Accident Reports
Check the local police department that responded to your car accident. You have the right to any accident reports that were filed as a result of the accident. All identifying information of other drivers, passengers and witnesses should be included in the accident reports. If there are statements from witnesses, these should be included in the copies you receive from the police department. Look over the accident report and identify any information that you believe is a mistake. You can point out any false information to the police, and ask that the report be changed to reflect the accurate information.
Bring Your Treatment Records
From your first emergency room visit to your recurring visits to treatment providers, all of your medical records that were a result of the accident should be brought with you to the consultation. In order for an attorney to determine the extent of your injuries, they will want to see a clear picture of the treatment you have received, diagnoses that you have been given, and any recommendations for further treatment. Your attorney will also want to know if you have reached a medical end to treatment, if you have any permanent damage, or if you are expected to recover fully from your injuries.
Medical Bills and Check Stubs Should Be Provided
To prove that your financial losses are beginning to pile up, gather together all of your medical bills that stem from the accident. Provide any pay stubs that you have from right before the accident, and let your attorney know if you have been unable to work because of your injuries. When you get injured in a car accident, your attorney will be looking for financial losses that have occurred. Proof that you have mounting medical bills and a loss of income is a good start to your personal injury claim.Share