While it’s certainly important (and absolutely critical) to have an experienced personal injury lawyer represent you in your case, there are things that you can do to help your case. Your lawyer can do a great deal of the legal work for you, but there are some things that you can do far better than your attorney given the fact that you were directly involved in your personal injury accident and the aftermath. Thus, in this blog, we’d like to impart to you some valuable tips regarding what you can do to help your case.
The first, and perhaps the most obvious, is you can make sure to get information regarding your police report – at minimum, get the responding police officers department and the case number. you may also, at the scene of the accident, request a copy of the police report. This report typically outlines who was involved in the accident, what insurance company is involved, what type of car they have (if applicable), what damage was sustained, who was at fault (indicated by the order in which the individuals are listed on the police report), etc. All of this is vital information and that is why having a copy of your police report is so critical.
Next, take photos! Whether you are involved in a car accident, a slip-and-fall, a boating crash, a dog bite incident, etc., take pictures of the accident whether or not the damage seems extensive. Photos are proof of damage and, more importantly, they can be used to prove who was truly at fault in the incident. This is absolutely crucial.
Take notes, too. Immediately following the accident, your memory of the accident will be much crisper than it might be during your trial, which might be more than two years following your accident. So, immediately after the accident, take some notes of all of the details of the accident–who was there, what they said, what they looked like, what you felt, what you thought, etc. All of this will come in handy.
Next, you should always keep copies of doctors reports, hospital records, and all hospital bills. These are crucial and, like the police report, your lawyer does not just automatically have access to these important files. Make sure that every time you visit a doctor, hospital, chiropractor, express medical center, etc., you request copies of the visit reports as well as medical bills associated. Relatedly, if you pay for any of these by way of credit card, cash, or check, make sure to have evidence of these expenditures readily available (i.e., a credit card statement, a receipt, and a photo of the check you paid with, which is available through your bank’s online banking system).
Finally, compose a witness list. Think of who might be a suitable witness to testify on your behalf in court. Was there someone who saw the accident? Was there someone who might be able to attest to the fact that you are a cautious driver, a careful walker, a conservative boater, etc? These witnesses might help a great deal when it comes to preparing for, and going through, a trial.
The above list of tips is not a comprehensive one, and they should not be used in lieu of an experienced attorney. If you want to discuss any particulars of your case, please call us for a free consultation at 561-266-9191 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.