If the malice or negligence of at least one other party has caused you to suffer injury, thoughts of a possible lawsuit may be uppermost in your mind. If so, you will want to enlist the aid of a competent personal injury attorney to set the wheels in motion. You may already have set up a consultation. If so, there is one thing to keep in mind. Whatever else you may consider, do not arrive empty-handed.
The personal injury attorneys at Gregory & Waldo want to represent you in the most efficient and effective fashion. This means that we will need you to bring all the incident-related information you can possibly provide.
The documentation we will need to see falls into seven separate categories. As you set about gathering these vital proofs, the following checklist should help.
1. Your Medical Documentation
If your injury was anything other than minor, you have most likely received some sort of medical treatment. As a result, you should have received copies of records detailing the injuries and any procedures you may have undergone. Therefore, you will want to gather and bring along:
- The identifying information of an ambulance service that may have happened to transport you.
- The name and address of a hospital to which you were taken.
- The emergency room records concerning your case.
- The names and addresses of every doctor who examined you in relation to your accident either privately, at a hospital or at some other medical facility.
- Identifying information concerning and records obtained from any dentist, chiropractor or other medical specialist you may have consulted concerning injuries resulting from your accident.
Make sure that each of these records clearly states the date and time at which your treatment took place in addition to any information that would tie the injury and subsequent medical visits to the responsible incident.
2. Invoices and Receipts for Associated Costs
The more serious your injury happened to be, the greater number of costs it is likely to have engendered. A successful personal injury suit will attempt to reimburse you for these expenses. Therefore, you will want to accumulate and bring to your initial consultation receipts and invoices received from or in relation to:
- The ambulance service.
- The emergency room.
- Each doctor who treated you.
- Any physical therapy sessions that you have undergone.
- The purchase of medical goods or therapeutic devices necessitated by the incident.
- Needed repair of accident-related damage to your personal possessions.
3. Relevant Personal Correspondence
If you have been in any sort of verbal or written contact with the person or entity responsible for your accident, every word of these communications is golden. All can stand as evidence in your case, so be sure to record or print out any related:
- Voice mails.
- Phone calls.
- Snail mails.
- Text messages.
- Facebook postings.
- Twitter tweets.
4. Legal Reports Related to Your Mishap
If the event that caused you harm was of sufficient severity to warrant the attendance of law enforcement, you will have the option of obtaining official documentation associated with your case. Make sure to secure and bring along:
- Police reports.
- Accident reports.
- The name, address and statement of each witness, if any.
5. Insurance Documentation
If you have insurance, some of it may cover the injuries you have already received. To discern the extent to which your policies may protect you, please bring along copies of:
- Your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.
- Your automobile insurance.
- Your major medical and dental insurance.
- Your disability insurance, if any.
- Your hospitalization insurance.
- Your veteran’s benefits.
- Copies of correspondence with your own or the other party’s insurer.
For each policy, be sure to include the coverage certificate or declarations page explaining the type of coverage involved and the limits of each.
6. Pay Stubs
If the severity of your injury caused you to miss a considerable amount of work or diminished your capacity to earn a comparable wage or salary going forward, it may be possible to include this loss in your settlement amount. To enable your attorney to appropriately calculate your monetary damages, be sure to bring along:
- At least one years’ worth of prior pay stubs.
- Proof of inability to meet your workday responsibilities or carry on in future years in the same capacity.
7. Notifications from the Other Side
Have one or more parties to your accident threatened you with a lawsuit? Has a menacing legal notice landed on your doorstep? In any personal injury proceeding, a countersuit is always a possibility. If one should appear to threaten your case, be sure to bring along:
- A cease-and-desist letter.
- A notice of impending lawsuit.
- Any direct correspondence from the at-fault individual, his insurer or his attorney.
These are things for which your own attorney will want to see the evidence.
Your Initial Consultation
The personal injury attorneys at Gregory & Waldo want to be sure that you receive the appropriate compensation and damages for the injuries you have suffered. By giving us a clear idea of the circumstances surrounding your case, the documentation and evidence you bring to the initial consultation will assist us in achieving the result you desire. We understand what you’re going through, and we want to make things right for you. Don’t continue to suffer in silence. Gather the documents that bolster your case and call our office today at 702-830-7925.