Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Provides Accident Check List
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT
— Keep my book, Winning Your Personal Injury Claim, handy and read it.
— Be sure the Car Accident Worksheet or the Fall-Down Accident Worksheet, is filled out and stored for safe keeping. See Appendix 2 and Appendix 4.
— Go to the emergency room.
— Consider hiring a private investigator to take statements and photographs.
— Contact witnesses and obtain favorable statements.
— Take photographs of the accident scene, property damage, and bruises and scars.
— Obtain police report.
— Continue medical treatment and begin physical therapy.
— Keep a journal of your pain and suffering and daily activities.
— Get a copy of the property damage appraisal.
— Negotiate settlement of the property damage claim.
— Consider whether to retain an attorney.
— Interview several personal injury lawyers.
— Negotiate a favorable contingent fee agreement.
— Send opening letters to the defendant and the insurance company.
— Take care of required insurance company forms and statements.
— Stay in close contact with any attorney you hire.
Help Your Lawyer:
— Gather proof of lost earnings.
— Begin gathering your medical bills and reports.
— Keep all medical appointments.
— Send copies of all documents pertaining to the case to your lawyer.
— Make notes regarding your treatment and injuries.
— Research the statute of limitations deadline.
— Begin to gather information on settlements of similar cases.
— Gather final medical bills and reports after conclusion of treatment.
— Prepare a settlement demand letter.
— Contact insurance company to begin settlement negotiations
— Settle the case.
— Sign a release.
— Get the settlement.
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