Collins Law Office, P.C., P.C., LLO

Attorney At Law Serving Alabama, Colorado & Nebraska

Personal Injury

 
What to do in case of an Automobile Accident


The following steps to handling an Automobile Accident

Do not talk to anyone about your case.

Do not sign anything pertaining to your case except whatever may be requested by your attorney.

Report any suspicious actions to your attorney.  You may be under surveillance by investigators. Movies, videotape, and still photographs maybe made of you. Be mindful of your actions!

Make and keep appointments with your attorney and his/her staff to help to assure orderly processing of your case 

Maintain a Diary of the following:

A. Trips to doctor, hospital, therapy, pharmacy, prosthesis fittings etc.
B. Medical expenses
C. Out-of-pocket expenses, including travel, expenses to secure medical treatment.
    D. Pain and anxiety; sleeplessness; alterations of medications.

Provide the following information to your attorney:

Written statements made by you to anyone, including correspondence (if unavailable, then execute authorizations for your attorney to secure them):
Police
Insuranceadjuster
Opposing party
Doctor (letter, etc.)
Employer
Other         

Provide the following information to your attorney:

B. Insurance adjuster’s card and correspondence
C. Worker’s compensation claim forms
D.  All medical bills (paid or unpaid)
     - Doctor                      

     - Hospital

     - travel expenses to secure medical treatment

     - Therapy

     - Prosthesis fittings

     - Pharmacy 

List of personal property damaged or lost in accident:

Vehicle
Clothing
Jewelry
Cameras
Luggage
Other

Proof of property damage

Repair bills
Repair estimates
Appraisals, before and after damages were inflicted
Proof of purchase price
Proof of ownership:

Certificateof title
Purchase invoices
Bills of sale
Other
Wrecker bills
Ambulance Bills
Photographs

* Vehicles (all vehicles in accident)

* Scene (from different angles and positions, including aerial if possible)

Injuries
Auto Insurance Policy
* Auto involved in accident
* Any other autos owned possible additional first party coverage
By driver
By other member of household
Earnings information (client’s)

Wage statements from employers for past five years

Wage loss statement from current employer

Payroll check stubs showing earnings and deductions

Income taxreturns for past five years (if unavailable then execute Form 4506)

Employment contract and any wage continuation plan
Applicationfor unemployment insurance (client’s)
Application for social security benefits (client’s) 
 
Provide the following information to your attorney for trial:

Financial obligations (client’s)
Use of substitute vehicle until car repaired (rental car)
Condition of auto and its compliance with vehicle safety inspection requirements

Maintain and be prepared to furnish to attorney for trial:

Medicine Containers, Braces and supports, prosthesis, and property or things damaged in accident. 
 
In wrongful death cases, the following additional information should be provided:

Marriage license or other evidence of marriage
Birth certificates of deceased and all beneficiaries of deceased
Adoption orders
Any probate or guardianship documents
Photographs of deceased
Any writing or correspondence of deceased
Any documents or evidence showing closeness of relationship between deceased and client
Any divorced or annulment documents
Diary of deceased
Funeral and burial records
Videotapes of deceased
Newspaper clipping of deceased while alive
Television or other films of deceased
Curriculum vitae of deceased, if one in existence
Certificates, diplomas, awards, etc. of deceased 

An important word about damages

Your potential claim is all about the incident which caused damages for you.  No one knows better than you what your damages are, what they mean, and how they affect you and perhaps your family.  Many claimants are tempted, consciously or unconsciously, to exaggerate the nature of their complaints, or to misstate or omit information about injuries, prior medical care, current medical care, job histories and any number of other matters. You should absolutely resist any such temptations to not be completely forthright about your damages in every respect. Regardless of the morality of being less than honest concerning these matters (which should be of primary concern), you should presume that the attorneys who are retained to defend the party you may bring a lawsuit against will be diligent in their efforts to investigate your claim, and will be able to quickly and easily identify misstatements and take full advantage of them. That is especially true in the information society in which we live. You will most likely succeed in your efforts to obtain fair compensation for your injuries if you are fair and honest. If you choose a different path, even if you are a victim of negligence, you may be unnecessarily disappointed in the result you obtain from the legal system.

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