- The nature of your injuries
- The length of your treatment—you must be released from a doctor’s care
- The response time of your physician to medical requests
- Your communication with your lawyer
- Whether or not your case can be settled or has to go to court
- Conduct an initial interview with you to answer your questions and educate you on personal injury claims
- Gather documentary evidence for your claim including police reports, medical records, and bills
- Review your insurance policy to better understand your current coverage and what coverage you may need in the future
- Interview known witnesses for your accident claim
- Collect other evidence, such as photographs of the accident scene
- Talk to your physicians to obtain their written reports on your medical condition
- Review your health insurance policy or welfare benefit plan
- Investigate the validity of any liens on your case from doctors, your employer, or the insurance company
- Contact the insurance company to put them on notice of the claim
- Prepare witnesses and healthcare providers for settlement, depositions, and/or trial
- Prepare and organize medical and demonstrative exhibits for trial
- File briefs and motions with the court to eliminate surprises at trial
- Take the case to trial if there is no settlement (90% of our cases are settled without going to trial)
- Review the jury’s verdict to determine if either side has grounds to appeal the case
Do not hide past accidents from your attorney. The reality is that the other side may already know if you have been in prior accidents. All insurance companies subscribe to insurance databases and often the only reason they ask you about prior accidents is to test your credibility. Be honest.
Do not hide past injuries. If you have seen a doctor in the past, there is a record in existence that the insurance company will find. If you lie about it, your case could be over.
Not having accurate tax returns. Most of the time, a claimant will have lost income. You will only be able to claim lost income if your past tax returns are in order.
Misrepresenting your injuries. Insurance companies routinely hire private investigators to conduct surveillance. If you claim that you cannot run, climb, or lift, and you get caught on videotape, your claim may be over. It is difficult to dispute evidence caught on video.