The more information your attorney has about your case, the more quickly and completely you can be compensated for your medical expenses and pain and suffering. Documenting accidents, site situations, and road conditions has proven priceless in dealing with and settling claims. It has often changed the outcome of resulting lawsuits and helped establish just settlements.
To ensure a complete, speedy resolution to your case, make sure your lawyer has all the information and documentation he needs to pursue a settlement. If the accident happened a while ago that information may include:
- Your vehicle, insurance, and driver’s license information.
- Details of the accident, including:
- Date, time, location.
- Weather and traffic conditions.
- Information about other vehicles, drivers and passengers.
- Names and contact information for witnesses and copies of any accident or incident reports filed.
- Any pictures you have taken at the scene. Sometimes the law enforcement officer takes pictures, make sure to get copies of those, also.
- Copies of traffic tickets writtenat the scene and information about any charges brought against drivers involved, including DUI charges.
- Physician reportand medical records related to the accident.
- X-rays and test results related to injuriesfrom the accident.
- Information about pre-existing conditionsor injuries that may have been exacerbated by the accident.
- Record of expensesfor ongoing medications, treatment, and therapies.
- Any other expenses incurred because of the accident, including transportation costs.
- Documentation of days, hours and wages lostbecause of the accident.
- Copies of all correspondencewith insurance companies related to the accident.
It is always helpful to keep a personal injury diary to note appointments, expenses, contacts with the insurance company and your general feelings and medical condition following the accident. Also, keep track of your medical mileage for re-imbursement.
Keep your attorney up to date and let them know about new doctor visits, Radiology visits or surgeries that you have scheduled. An email to paralegal is usually sufficient so they can get updated records.
Stay safe out there friends!