Say you've been injured in a car accident that wasn't your fault. This accident has totaled your car and left you with severe injuries. Those severe injuries required several surgeries and medical procedures costing thousands of dollars and you're having to miss work on top of that. You're in pain, you're suffering, and you want to take steps to have your life put back together. If this situation sounds like your current one, you probably are entitled to some compensation and you'll need to file a personal injury claim. And before any personal injury claim, you'll need to meet with a personal injury lawyer, like Rush Injury Law in San Francisco. But how do you prepare for that meeting? Planning, planning, planning.
Your personal injury attorney will ask a lot of questions about your accident in order to get an idea of what happening. You'll be asked to describe the accident - when it happened, why it happened, how it happened, and who saw it happen. Hopefully you've taken detailed notes about the incident. Strong details are usually the key to maximizing your compensation. You'll want to tell your lawyer everything about the incident, including the weather at the time, condition of the road, and the names of any potential witnesses. And they'll also ask about your pain and how bearable or unbearable it is.
Bring All Your Documentation With You
A car accident will inevitably bring lots of paperwork and documentation. If police are called, they will take statements and file a report. If injuries occur, doctors and hospitals will document them, and possibly order X-rays and MRIs. Statements will be made to insurance companies. All of these documents are helpful in your personal injury claim and you'll need to collect as much evidence as you can to present to your personal injury attorney. Here's a list of items you'll want copies of:
-The police report of the accident.
-Any medical procedures like X-rays.
-Medical bills from procedures or prescription medicines.
-Documents from work noting your missed time due to injury.
-Any notes from conversations with either your insurance company or the other driver's.
-A list of important dates regarding the accident and any medical treatment received.
-Photographs relevant to the accident.
You don't need to have a word-for-word account of everything that's happened since the accident, but the more documentation you can provide, the stronger your case will be.
Ask Good Questions
Your lawyer won't be interrogating you about the accident; it's an open dialogue where you'll need to ask questions as well. You might want to inquire about how the lawyer will be communicating with you as the steps of the case proceed. You might want to ask how long the process will take and whether you should discuss the case with friends and family. Asking questions is important for understanding how your case will play out, along with your chances of winning it.
Hurt in a car accident in the Bay Area? Rush Injury Law has you covered. Their attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for accident victims and they'll fight to get you proper compensation.