Information Needed for Your Injury Claim
In most car accident injury cases, the following information is needed and gathered by your car accident attorney. Do not worry if you do not have all of the information below; we can gather the information you are missing based on the information you can provide.
1) Your contact information: Your name and contact information (phone, email, and mailing address) so that we can contact you about your case.
2) Date and location of a car accident and injury: The date, time, driving conditions, and location (city, street, nearest intersection) of the accident and injury, any injury suffered, if others were injured, if you know of any video of the accident, or if any photos or video were taken at the scene after the auto accident.
3) Auto accident description: The auto accident description, lanes involved, the lane each car was in, if near an intersection or on a highway, the speed limit, the speed you were traveling, the locations of other vehicles, their speeds, and how the auto accident occurred.
4) Conversations at the scene and after: Any conversations you had at the scene with other drivers, witnesses, police, or anyone else – and any conversations you have had since leaving the scene of the auto accident – such as insurance adjusters, police officers, other drivers, or anyone else – regarding the auto accident, injuries, or damage to your vehicle.
5) Other vehicles involved in the auto accident: Names, contact information, and insurance information for any other people involved. In any other vehicle’s information, type the at-fault driver’s vehicle, as well as any license plate numbers or VIN numbers of vehicles involved in the auto accident.
6) Your vehicle and its occupants during the car accident: Your vehicle, whether you were driving or a passenger, the owner of the vehicle you were in, the auto insurance on that vehicle, other people in the vehicle with you, and where they were seated in the vehicle (driver, front passenger, rear passenger).
7) Police investigation of the car accident: If the police arrived at the scene of the accident, who called the police, if any tickets were issued if anyone was arrested, the name and ID of the officers involved, the police report number, and whether you have a copy of the police report.
8) Medical treatment for car accident injuries: If you were taken by ambulance from the scene of the accident, what hospital and treating facilities have you visited since the accident, what type of treatment you received, any future appointments scheduled, copies of any medical bills or records, and photographs of any injury.
9) Health insurance: If any health insurance has paid or will pay any of your medical bills resulting from the car accident, including private health insurance such as Cigna and Blue Cross, but also Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers Compensation.
10) Future medical treatment for your car accident injury: If you have an appointment at a medical facility or need to locate a medical facility that can treat you for a car accident-related injury.
11) Car accident damage to your vehicle: Any pictures or video taken of the damage, and estimates are done, any auto insurance contacted thus far if the vehicle is drivable if a rental is required if the vehicle was towed from the scene, where your vehicle is now, what body shop will repair your vehicle if your vehicle is a total loss, and how to calculate the total loss value of your vehicle
The information provided above will aid in determining liability (who should pay), damages to date, and collectability (if insurance involved). Other issues concerning a car accident injury frequently arise during phone consultations – you are free to ask auto accident attorney Doug Goyen about anything concerning your car accident case during the consultation.
If you have been injured as a result of another’s negligence or wrongful acts, there are several steps you should take to avoid being financially responsible for another’s bad behavior. You must:
1) Obtain the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all parties involved, as well as any witnesses – including their photo identification.
2) Contact the police if you are injured as a result of someone else’s reckless behavior. A report must be filed, and if your injury is severe, you will require their assistance in compiling all pertinent information. Police will need to conduct an investigation to determine whether any crime was committed. A thorough report will include all identifying information regarding the parties and witnesses with whom the officers spoke. There may be sketches and records kept by the officer of any statements made by those involved or witnesses to the incident.
3) Photograph the scene, any damage to property, any injuries, and the people present – including those involved in committing the negligence or wrongful act.
4) Seek medical attention for any injuries sustained.
5) Obtain copies of any and all reports.
6) Obtain documentation for any out-of-pocket expenses (lost wage forms from your employer, estimates or bills for the repair of any property damage, estimates or bills for the replacement of any property that was totally destroyed, photos).
7) Obtain the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses who can attest to how your injury affected you both before and after the occurrence. These witnesses should include your spouse, friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, church members, and anyone else you interact with on a daily basis. Doctors are excellent at explaining your injury in “technical” terms, but only people you know can attest to “how” this injury has changed you. You can also testify about this, but keep in mind that if you go to court without other witnesses to corroborate your statements about how the injury has changed you, a court or jury may not believe everything you say – regardless of its truthfulness. Jurors are typically skeptics who want to verify anything you say.
8) Obtain documentation for everything – all bills, all records, and all documents relating to all treatment – and anything else that you claim resulted in your harm or loss as a result of the negligence.
9) Consult an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases.
Contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen, Personal Injury Attorney, at (972) 599 4100 to discuss your case and determine if anything can be done to put you back in the financial position you were in prior to being harmed by another person’s negligence or wrongful act.
By Doug Goyen, email@example.com
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