Personal Injury Accident Checklist
You have recently been injured from an event that was out of your control. It could have been somebody who had assaulted you, or a car accident due to a reckless driver. No matter the case, your gut reaction is to seek a personal injury lawyer and file a lawsuit.
However, don’t be so quick to schedule your court date! If you are serious about this decision, you will have to take several preparatory steps and cover all of your bases. It is also worth mentioning that the timing of your actions will make a big difference in whether or not you win your case. Here are the seven things you should do in sequential order before setting up an appointment with a personal injury attorney.
Step 1: Get photos IMMEDIATELY after the event.
Any injuries that you receive should be photographed on the site of injury. This includes any visible marks and scratches that you may have received. Try to take photos from multiple angles and ensure that the photos are high quality.
Step 2: Identify and obtain contact information from witnesses
The more people that can testify for your case on the court date, the better. Find anybody who saw what happened to you, ask permission for their testimony and record their contact information.
Step 3: Write down EVERYTHING that happens.
This is not the time to skimp out on details. Everything and anything that you remember about the event should be written down while you still remember them. You will be subject to intense questioning on your court date, so you want to make sure that the facts add up!
Step 4: Collect any relevant documentation.
Even if you don’t think a piece of documentation might be relevant directly to your case, compile it anyways. You should have everything organized in a single place – emails, papers, bills, claims from your insurance company, and anything else that might be relevant.
Step 5: Add up the total cost of damages
You will need to have a good idea of how much you are requesting to be paid for the damages inflicted upon you. If you followed the previous four steps and accounted for any bills relevant of the injury, you should have a fairly accurate estimate of this number.
Step 6: Schedule an appointment with a physician and obtain their comments
You will need to have your injuries treated, but having a doctor’s opinion on your injuries will carry significant weight in your court case.
Step 7: Hire a lawyer
With the previous 6 steps successfully completed, you can now schedule an appointment with a personal injury lawyer. With your comprehensive collection of evidence and a lawyer fighting your case, your odds of winning will be significantly increased!
In conclusion, if you follow the 7 steps above in the order and timing described, there is no reason why you won’t be extremely well-prepared to file an injury lawsuit!