To make the personal injury claim process easier and move it along quicker, make sure you’re prepared throughout. This starts with bringing the right documents and information to your attorney consultation.
Make sure you bring documentation to establish the two main elements in any type of personal injury claim: proving another party’s negligence and establishing the severity/extent of your injuries. Both will require adequate evidence.
Bring Accident or Incident Information and Documentation
Accident or incident report: If the claim stems from a motor vehicle accident in Atlanta, bring a copy of the police report. If the personal injury claim stems from injuries sustained on another party’s property, bring an accident report if you or someone else filled one out.
These should have details of the accident or incident that can be helpful in determining liability. If the contact information of all involved parties isn’t included in these reports, be sure you bring it to your personal injury lawyer.
Insurance information: Bring any applicable insurance information. This might include your auto insurance as well as that of another driver involved in the accident.
If you were injured on someone’s property or bitten by a dog, for example, bring information about the property owner’s or dog owner’s insurance policy. If there has been any correspondence with an insurance company (yours or the other driver’s), bring that paperwork along as well.
Photographs: If you took pictures of the accident scene – whether an auto accident, slip and fall incident on another’s property, or pictures of injuries from a dog bite – bring those, too. This can be helpful to establish liability as well as proof of injuries.
Video footage: It might be possible to get a copy of video footage, especially if someone slipped and fell on public property (such as a grocery store or mall). Video footage from an intersection camera or nearby surveillance video may have captured an auto accident, too. However, this can be hard to acquire, so may require assistance from the attorney.
Evidence of lost wages: Whatever type of accident or incident it was that led to bodily injuries, if it resulted in missed time from work then it’s important to bring documentation that shows evidence of lost wages. This should include how much time you missed and the amount of income you lost as a result.
Anything of relevance should be collected and submitted to the attorney. Even if it seems like it might not be important, it’s best to bring it to your attorney consultation as long as it’s connected to the accident or incident.
Bring Medical Documentation and Information
Evidence of medical expenses: Keep hospital receipts and bills, bills from doctor’s appointments, prescription bills, and any other evidence of your out-of-pocket expenses. If your health insurance covers some of the expenses, it may want to be reimbursed. So keep track of all statements and records from your health insurance provider.
In fact, it’s a good idea to have a list of all medical services you received. This should include dates, names and addresses of healthcare providers/facilities, such as the ambulance company, hospital, physician and others.
Medical records: You’ll have to prove the type and severity of injuries you sustained and the impact they’ve had on your life. So make sure you bring your medical records – to the extent possible – to your personal injury lawyer. Not only can collecting proper medical records establish a diagnosis, but it could help in the recovery of damages such as pain and suffering, disability or mental anguish.
If you currently do not have your medical records, your attorney can help you obtain the proper documentation and records. The following are examples of documents that would be helpful:
- medical notes;
- discharge papers;
- prescription information;
- lab results;
- physician’s report;
- imaging tests (MRI, X-ray, CT scan); and
- mental health records.
Again, give any other relevant medical information to the personal injury lawyer. The more documentation you bring to the attorney consultation, the easier it will be to determine if you have a case. Set up your free consultation with Atlanta-area attorney Jason Schultz today by calling 404-474-0804 or filling our out contact form.