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Your Personal Injury Claim Evaluation During An Initial Consultation

by Kristin Hawkins

Injuries that you sustain in an auto accident can last a lifetime. An auto accident attorney will meet with you for an initial consultation to evaluate your case. You will need to show that you have losses and that your losses are a direct result of the accident you were in. Establishing fault for the accident is important, and you will need to be able to show that you were less than 50% at fault for the accident. Preparation for your initial consultation includes gathering together your medical records, any witness statements and accident reports, medical bills, and evidence of any other losses you have sustained because of the accident.

Be Ready to Tell Your Story

An auto accident attorney will want to know what happened in the accident that caused your injuries. Write down the details of the accident as accurately as you can. Also be prepared to talk about your injuries and all the treatment you have received because of them. It will help to write down a timeline of all treatments you have received and how you have been feeling throughout your recovery. Details will help your auto accident attorney decide if your claim is viable or not.

Bring Your Records

Medical records are important when evaluating your personal injury claim. While you can always request medical records after you meet with an attorney, an auto accident lawyer usually wants to look at records at your initial consultation. If your injuries are extensive and you aren't able to gather all of your records, bring what you have and be ready to name your treatment providers so that additional records can be obtained.

Identifying Your Losses

There are clear losses when you are injured and you can't go to work. Lost wages make it impossible to pay your bills, and you might get behind fast. If you are permanently injured, your future lost wages are calculated. Loss of enjoyment, pain, and suffering are included when it comes to a personal injury. If you have sustained property damage, this is part of your overall compensation. 

An auto accident lawyer will want to evaluate your claim with all the information you can provide. Your medical records, accident reports, and any witness statements will all help get a clear picture of what happened. Your injuries may leave you out of work for a long time, and a personal injury claim can make it possible to take care of your needs in the future.