1. Consult with an attorney in order to identify and collect police reports and insurance information.
2. Visit a doctor. If you are not at fault, it is most likely that your bills will be covered. We can advise you on how to get your bills paid prior to any final settlement.
3. Provide a copy of the declarations page of your own automobile insurance to your attorney. This may be valuable later on.
4. Obtain as much information about witnesses as possible. In rare cases, the culpable party may disappear. It is important to identify witnesses so that you can pursue separate legal action if necessary to and support your case during the discovery phase.
5. Don’t lie to your attorney. Some victims are reluctant to share details regarding liability or past medical history for fear that this will affect their case. This is a severe waste of time to your attorney and also can be very damaging to you in terms of a favorable settlement. All insurance companies subscribe to insurance databases and know your history before even asking for it. Don’t ruin your credibility.
6. File honest tax returns. Personal injury cases compensate victims not only for past and current lost wages, but for future lost wages as well. Sometimes this can be the biggest area of recovery. If you are not honest about your wages, this may negatively affect your case.
7. Don’t misrepresent your injuries. Attorneys can most often tell if you are not being completely honest – so can doctors. Some might be willing to overlook it. Remember that insurance companies are also watching and may hire private investigators to confirm your injuries. Don’t ruin your credibility. If you don’t have the support of your medical providers, you may have a difficult case.
8. Consult openly with your attorney. There are many questions you may have during this process. Don’t be afraid to call us. We don’t charge you for your questions.