Information Needed for Your Injury Claim

The first thing to do is to contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen, (972) 599 4100 for a free initial telephone consultation regarding your situation.

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or wrongful acts, there are several steps you should take to ensure that financially you aren't the person stuck with the bill for the bad behavior of someone else. You need to:

1) Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of all people involved, and any witnesses - including ID's.

2) Call the police if you are injured due to someone else's bad actions. A report needs to be made, and if your injury is serious, you will need their help in gathering all identifying information. Police will need to investigate to see if there was any crime committed in their opinion. A good report will have all identifying information on parties and witnesses that the officers were able to talk to. There may be drawings and a the officers record of any statements that were given by those involved, or witnesses to the incident.

3) Take photographs (or have someone take them on your behalf) of the scene, of any damage to property, of any injury, of the people present - including people involved in committing the negligence or wrongful act.

4) Get medical attention for your injury.

5) Get copies of any and all reports that were made.

6) Get documentation of anything you are out of pocket (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) Keep names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses who can testify about how your injury has changed you from before the occurrence, and after the occurrence. These type witnesses should be your spouse, friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, church members, or other people you see day to day. Doctors are good at giving the "technical" language of what your injury is, but only people you know can testify about "how" this injury has changed you. You can testify about this too, but remember, if you go to court - and you don't have other witnesses to back up what you say about how the injury has changed you, then depending on your testimony - a court or jury might not believe everything you say - regardless of the truth. Jurors typically are sceptics and want verification of anything you say.

8) Get documentation of everything - all bills, all records, all documents, for all treatment, and anything else that you claim caused you a harm or loss arising out of the negligence.

Damages Often Recoverable in Personal Injury Cases Include the Following:
Past and future medical bills, past and future lost earning capacity, past and future lost income, past and future physical impairment, past and future disfigurement, past and future mental anguish, past and future pain and suffering, property damage, loss of use of your property - such as rental car bills, storage, total loss of property, diminished value of property, loss of body member (arm, leg, . . .), loss of body capacity (hearing, eyesight, . . . ), loss of consortium (spouse, parental, child/filial), loss of services, emotional/mental trauma (bystander injury), prenatal injury, exemplary damages, prejudgment interest, attorney's fees, and court costs.

9) Contact a lawyer experienced in personal injury cases.

Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen, Dallas Injury Lawyer, at (972) 599 4100 to discuss your case and see if anything can be done to get you back into the financial condition you were in prior to being hurt by the other person's negligence or wrongful act.

Personal Injury Areas We Help With Are:

Auto Accident and Injury Cases, Personal Injury Cases, 18 Wheeler & Commercial Vehicle Injury Accident Cases, Motorcycle Accident and Injury Cases, Wrongful Death Cases, Pedestrian Injured by Automobile Cases, Slip and Fall & Premises Cases, Workplace & Constructions Injury Cases, Dog Bite Injury Cases, Bicyclers Hit by Automobile Cases .

By Doug Goyen,