A personal injury lawyer can provide expert legal counsel to those who have incurred an injury as the result of someone else’s negligence. When preparing to meet with your personal injury attorney for the first time, remember these four key items that will aid in the processing of your claim.
Legal Paperwork: If you have been involved in a car accident, slip and fall incident, or other scenario that resulted in personal injury, you should collect all pertinent legal paperwork relating to it. A personal injury attorney will need all police reports that detail the events pertaining to the incident. Many times, these records will indicate negligence on the part of the person who caused the accident.
Medical Paperwork: Though a personal injury suit may be brought forth for psychological as well as physical injuries, the overwhelming majority of cases include bodily injury for which medical assistance was and may still be required. To accurately determine the monetary costs that can be claimed in a personal injury claim, a lawyer will need to know the full extent of the physical injuries sustained.
Photographs: Visual evidence is highly effective in proving a personal injury case. If possible, take pictures of your injury. In circumstances where the injury was incurred due to dangerous surroundings, such as in a slip and fall situation, take photographs that accurately capture the nature of those surroundings. A personal injury attorney can use these pictures as evidence of negligence.
- Eyewitness Accounts: Sometimes accidents occur while others are present. Car accidents and slip and fall incidents constitute just two circumstances in which passersby may witness the situation as it unfolds. If possible, document these witnesses’ accounts and bring them to your personal injury lawyer. Should this not be an option, take down all contact information so that your personal injury attorney can contact these individuals at a later time.
The Ladva Law Firm can help if you have sustained an injury as the result of someone else’s negligence. To speak with a personal injury lawyer or wrongful termination lawyer at our office in San Francisco, please call (415) 296-8844.
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