Before a lawyer will file a personal injury claim on your behalf, several questions must be answered. A variety of factors will determine whether you have a viable personal injury case that is likely to end in a settlement or court award.
5 Questions a Lawyer Will Ask Before Taking Your Personal Injury Case
A personal injury lawyer will take your case only after evaluating your answers to the following questions:
- What caused the accident?
An attorney will need to know about all the circumstances surrounding your accident. You’ll want to be honest and provide as much detail as possible, even if the particulars are hazy, embarrassing or there were no witnesses.
- Are you at least partially at fault for the accident?
Even if you believe you bear some responsibility for the accident, that doesn’t necessarily preclude you from obtaining compensation via a settlement or court ruling. Be honest with you answers, though, so your lawyer can figure out the best course of action to take on your behalf.
- What are your injuries?
Your attorney will need to know as much detail as possible about the number and extent of your injuries. Even if they seem minor to you, don’t leave anything out. Whether it’s a sore neck, headaches, or emotional distress — it all matters. Be as descriptive as possible.
- Did you seek immediate medical attention?
Regardless of how you feel following an accident, it is always advisable to seek medical attention as soon as possible, but it can sometimes be difficult to think clearly in the moments after a traumatic event. You may not have sought medical attention because you were treated by someone at the scene. You may have waited a few days to seek medical attention because your injuries didn’t become apparent until a day or two after the accident. This is natural.
- Did you have any pre-existing injuries or conditions?
Even if you think it doesn’t matter, let your attorney know about any prior medical conditions or previous injuries you’ve had in the past. Also, be truthful with your medical provider when seeking medical treatment about any prior injuries. You don’t want to give the insurance company any reason to question your integrity.
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