20 Basic Things You Need Tell Your Lawyer To Initiate A Personal Injury Case

20 Basic Things You Need Tell Your Lawyer To Initiate A Personal Injury Case
May 12 10:37 2017 Print This Article

Honesty and fluid communication could summarize the topic of this article. Let us face it, getting injured is a bitter experience that leaves both physical and financially negative consequences. Sometimes even psychological effects that take a long time to heal. Not to mention how upsetting it is if it was someone else´s fault. So, if you strongly believe you were a victim of someone´s negligence or misconduct, why not seeking compensation? You have nothing to lose. Moreover, if you are worried about having to afford a lawyer´s fees, relax:  a personal injury lawyer usually works on what is called a contingency basis. This means that he gets paid a percentage of the compensation you obtain only after your case results in your favor or you reach a settlement agreement.

Understanding the different liabilities in a personal injury case is quite complex Therefore, your lawyer will need as much information as possible. Following is some basic information you will have to provide your professional:

  1. Your personal data (name, date of birth, social security number, phone, email address, marital status, number of children, etc.)
  2. Date when the injury occurred
  3. City and state where the injury occurred
  4. How did the injury occur (car accident, animal bite, defective premises, medical malpractice, defective product, slip and fall, water-related accident, etc.)?
  5. Describe exactly how the incident was.
  6. Explain who you think is the responsible for your injuries and why you think so.
  7. Give a detailed description of your injuries.
  8. Provide a list of the doctors and health care providers who treated you for your injuries. Include their full names and contact details.
  9. Indicate the total medical expenses derived from treating you injuries to date.
  10. Indicate how much you expect to incur in the future to complete your treatment.
  11. Give the name, address and phone number of any insurance company involved (vehicle insurer, health insurer, homeowner’s insurer, etc.).
  12. Indicate if you lost income as a result of your injuries. If so, specify the lost amount.
  13. Give your employer´s address and phone number.
  14. Indicate your working position and whether you are currently working or not. If not, tell him if you expect to go back to work.
  15. If you are suffering any type of pain, describe it thoroughly.
  16. Describe any other aspects in which your life changed as a consequence of your injuries.
  17. If you are married, tell your lawyer if your spouse has experienced any kind of losses because of your injuries.
  18. Where there witnesses when the incident occur? List their names and phone numbers.
  19. Have you already consulted your case with another attorney? If so, provide the name and phone number.
  20. Has an attorney previously rejected to represent you in this case? Why?

This is a basic list of some things your personal injury lawyer will need to know to make an evaluation of your case and give you a first realistic opinion of your chances. Of course, many more questions will arise, but the above-listed information will give your lawyer what he needs to have a pretty comprehensive insight on your case.

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