Once you have selected a personal injury attorney, you can begin filing your accident lawsuit. As you navigate the legal process, you will find that it is important to classify the type of personal injury claim that you’re seeking a justifiable outcome. Examples of personal injury claims that can be fought in court include:
- Vehicle accidents
- Defective automotive parts
- Slip and fall incidents
- Dog bites (or other animal bites)
- Medical negligence
- Wrongful death
- Mislabeled medications
- Food poisoning and other foodborne illnesses
- Water-related accidents
- Product defects
Injury case classification aside, both you and your attorney should be prepared to do investigative research regarding your injury claims. The main purpose of the investigation phase of your accident lawsuit is to determine liability. What may seem like obvious blame may actually be a part of a chain reaction due to another liable party. The Takata airbag recall, for example, involved car accidents caused by a defective product, not a negligent driver. In that case, the manufacturer was liable for damages.
After an accident or incident resulting in personal injury has occurred, there are important steps to follow. If you have done these, then you will have plenty of material for your lawyer to work with. You may have brought some of this up during your initial consultation at the law firm. Both you and your lawyer can work together to get these critical documents to help you with your case.
Your specific case needs several pieces of information to document your injuries, but they need to be admissible in a court of law. Evidence for a car accident lawsuit where serious injuries were sustained could include the following:
- Medical records including dates of visits
- Subsequent medical bills
- Medical insurance coverage
- Police reports, if applicable
- Witness testimony, if applicable
- Incident photographs
- Property damage
- Property repair estimates
Your personal injury attorney will work closely with you to ensure that you have a well-researched case for the courtroom. You will want your attorney to handle all communication with insurance companies, including your own. It is recommended that you do not exaggerate your injuries or refuse medical care. It’s also advised that you do not communicate your case details on social media. These are to protect your case from being thrown off course.
Your lawyer will also take this time to explore the opposing party’s defense tactics. Your attorney’s sole purpose and role in your case are to protect your rights. Be prepared for cross-examination preparation to help your case to end in a favorable outcome. This is one of many ways your lawyer can fight against the defense’s claims of reasonable doubt and placing fault on you.
If you have any questions about how the investigation process works for accident lawsuits, reach out to our local personal injury law firm in Mesa, AZ. Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC has more than 50 years’ experience representing Valley residents. We provide free consultations for our no recovery, no fee legal services. Request your consultation today!