Personal injury lawsuits are inherently complex. This is why individuals who are injured will turn to the expertise and guidance of a personal injury attorney. An attorney can gather key pieces of information to help build a case and win their client the compensation they deserve.
However, while an attorney is extremely helpful in a personal injury claim, they are only as effective as the information provided to them by the plaintiff. It is important that injured parties share all of the details regarding their claim with their attorney. Even information that may not seem relevant can affect a lawyer’s strategy.
5 Things to Tell Your Personal Injury Attorney
These five key pieces of information should be presented to an attorney at the initial consultation. This information helps the attorney not only create a strategy, but determine if there is a viable case.
- Previous Injuries – Most people neglect to tell their attorney about past injuries because they are worried it will affect their case. However, hiding previous injuries or accidents can actually make proving the existing claim more difficult, and the insurance company will have a valid reason to deny the plaintiff’s claim. An attorney must know about any previous injuries or accidents so they can specifically prove that the latest injury is not directly related to previously existing injuries.
- When the Injury Happened – The date and time the injury occurred is important. Because there is a strict statute of limitations for Tort claims, an attorney must verify that the statute of limitations has not run out. Also, having the exact date and time will help the attorney gather evidence.
- Contact – If the other party’s insurance or an attorney has already contacted the plaintiff, the attorney needs to know. This could be considered an admission of fault, which will make it easier for the attorney to prove their case.
- Bankruptcy – If a plaintiff is in the process of filing bankruptcy or plans to file in the future, their lawsuit settlement could become part of their estate – which means the money will go to creditors instead of the plaintiff. Most plaintiffs are in dire financial situations by the time they contact an attorney; therefore, it is not uncommon for one to contemplate bankruptcy. By telling a personal injury attorney about a pending bankruptcy, the personal injury attorney can work with the bankruptcy attorney to secure a portion of the settlement, keeping it away from the creditors.
- Additional Injuries – Just like previous injuries, if the plaintiff has suffered from injuries after the accident, they must tell their attorney. Opposing counsel can use the additional injuries to claim the plaintiff is trying to secure compensation, and the personal injury attorney must be prepared to dispute this.
Injured? Contact a Personal Injury Attorney at Malman Law
If you or a loved one was injured, contact a personal injury attorney at Malman Law. We can help you explore your options for receiving compensation. Schedule a free consultation by dialing 888-625-6265 or by filling out an online contact form.