A personal injury case requires extensive investigation prior to going to court. This process can take a long time, from several months to a couple of years. Here at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, we want our clients to learn the process step-by-step so they have a better understanding of why their case may be taking longer than expected.
Here is the step-by-step preliminary process:
- Initial contact: This is the time where a potential client can explain their case and the personal injury lawyer can evaluate the strength of the claim and the extent of the damages. A potential client should try to include as much detailed information about the accident as possible, including location, witnesses, relevant details about the weather, and as much information about the potential defendant as possible. Potential conflicts are also addressed in this stage, along with health insurance coverage.
- Investigation: This is the stage where thorough research and investigation takes place. A personal injury lawyer will attempt to secure as much physical evidence as possible, including photographs, witness statements, and accident reports filed by the officers at the scene of the accident. These reports provide details about the parties’ names, addresses, and insurance information, as well as observations about the road and weather conditions and whether anyone was under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Your lawyer will also take time to speak directly with the officer for more information and any mechanics that have a first-hand impression of any damages to the car.
- Medical Management: This is the time where emergency room and ambulance reports, which are extremely important for assessing the client’s injuries, are collected. A personal injury attorney must closely monitor the medical portion of a client’s case because most insurance adjusters will refer to these documents when determining what injuries were actually caused by the accident.
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