4 Types of Documentation Needed in a Personal Injury Case
Prospective clients and those our firm represents often want to know what they can do to help their personal injury case. Injured victims often have significant losses that cause financial difficulty, and they need to know how they can receive compensation as soon as possible.
As a full service personal injury law firm with years of trial experience, we know what a successful case looks like and what it takes to win. Our firm understands that being thorough and organized are two components of success. If our clients are likewise organized, we can better evaluate a case and provide the most effective legal representation.
Here are several types of documents to gather in advance of meeting with a personal injury lawyer:
- Medical records. One of the first things a personal injury attorney will do is request a copy of your health records from any and all of your medical providers. However, these requests can take time to receive. Providing your attorney with the records you have in your possession can expedite this process and allow your attorney to see the full scope of your medical injuries and conditions. You may be surprised at how many medical records will be needed for your case. Obviously, any treatment you received after your accident will need to be a part of your file. However, if you were already injured or in less than perfect health at the time of your accident, other medical records will be needed. For example, if you had a knee replacement a year before your car accident, it is likely those records will need to be reviewed.
- Medical bills and other expenses. Any bills for treatment of your injuries should be retained. Also, any expenses you incurred because of your accident should be documented. This could include caregiver wages, hotel rooms used if traveling for treatment, or any equipment required to accommodate or treat your injuries. Also, you will need documentation of any time you had to take off work.
- A copy of your insurance policies and any police reports. Any relevant insurance policies should be found and given to your lawyer. Even if you do not think you were at fault, you should make your attorney aware of these policies. If there is a police report, your attorney will want to see that as well.
- Injury diary. It can be difficult to remember pain and suffering months or years after you experience it. Keeping track of how much pain you were in, any medications you had to take, events you had to miss, and any mobility limitations can provide key information to help your case.
If you have been injured, there are steps you can take today to strengthen your case. Gathering important documentation will bring you closer to making yourself whole again. Too often, accident victims try to handle their case on their own, thinking that the insurance company will be reasonable with them or that the case is straightforward and does not require legal counsel. However, to be sure your case is being properly handled, you should work with a skilled California personal injury lawyer.
At Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., we put our clients’ needs first, and we will help you pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve under the law. Call us today at 408-289-1417 to schedule a free consultation.Sources