How To Prepare For Your Personal Injury Case

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To those facing the aftermath of a personal injury accident, we understand the daunting challenges that come with seeking justice and recovery. Often, victims find themselves burdened with immediate hospital bills, forced to navigate complex insurance processes, and vulnerable to solicitations from various parties.

At LMS Personal Injury Law, we want you to know that you’re not alone in this journey. We offer a compassionate hand to guide you through these turbulent times. Our team ensures that you don’t bear the financial strain alone – we advise on how to handle upfront hospital bills and diligently keep track of receipts for reimbursement. Once you entrust us with your case, we take on the burden of dealing with insurance companies, pursuing claims against businesses or negligent parties, and shielding you from unwanted solicitors.

Our priority is your well-being and peace of mind. We take proactive steps to protect you from unnecessary stress, allowing you to focus on your recovery journey. Rest assured, your rights and interests are our top priority. Let us navigate the legal complexities while you concentrate on healing and moving forward. Together, we’ll strive for the justice and compensation you rightfully deserve.

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Welcome to our guide on how to prepare for your personal injury case. Whether you’ve been involved in an auto accident, construction accident, slip and fall, or other incident resulting in injury, this page is designed to help you gather all the necessary documents and information before consulting with one of our personal injury lawyers.


Why Preparing For Your Personal Injury Case Matters:

  • Streamline Your Legal Process: Having the right documents and information ready can expedite your case and ensure a smoother legal process.
  • Maximize Your Compensation: By preparing thoroughly, you can provide your lawyer with the evidence and details needed to maximize your compensation.
  • Empower Your Legal Team: Equipping yourself with the right information empowers your legal team to advocate effectively on your behalf.


What You’ll Find Here:


By preparing thoroughly and equipping yourself with the right information, you can set yourself up for success in your personal injury case. Let’s get started on ensuring you have everything you need to pursue justice and maximize your recovery.

A General Personal Injury Case Checklist

1 | Medical Records:

  • Doctor’s reports detailing your injuries and treatment.
  • Hospital bills and receipts for medical expenses.
  • Prescription receipts for medication related to the injury.
  • Rehabilitation and therapy records.

Organization Tip: Keep all medical records together in a folder or binder, organized by date and type of treatment. Include a summary sheet with key dates and treatments for easy reference.

2 | Accident Reports:

  • Police reports if the injury occurred in a car accident or involved law enforcement.
  • Incident reports from the property where the injury occurred (e.g., store, workplace).

Organization Tip: Keep accident reports in chronological order and include any correspondence related to the reports, such as emails or letters confirming the incident.

3 | Witness Statements:

  • Contact information for witnesses to the accident.
  • Written or recorded statements from witnesses describing what they saw.

Organization Tip: Create a separate section for witness information, including their statements and any contact details.

4 | Photographic Evidence:

  • Photos of the accident scene, including any hazards or conditions that contributed to the injury.
  • Photos of your injuries at different stages of recovery.

Organization Tip: Store digital photos in a folder labeled with the date and location of the accident. Print important photos and include them in your physical file.

5 | Insurance Information:

  • Copies of your insurance policies, including health insurance and auto insurance if applicable.
  • Correspondence with insurance companies regarding your claim.

Organization Tip: Keep insurance documents together in a separate section, including any claim numbers and contact information for insurance adjusters.

6 | Employment Records:

  • Records of missed work due to the injury.
  • Pay stubs or income statements showing your earnings before and after the injury.

Organization Tip: Create a section for employment-related documents, including a log of missed work days and any correspondence with your employer about the injury.

7 | Legal Correspondence:

  • If you previously worked with another Personal Injury attorney, make sure to provide letters or emails from them.
  • Copies of legal documents related to your case, such as demand letters or settlement offers.

Organization Tip: Keep all legal correspondence together in a folder labeled with the date and sender. Include a summary sheet with key points from each communication.

8 | Miscellaneous Information:

  • Any other documents or information related to the accident or injury, such as repair estimates for property damage in a car accident.

Organization Tip: Create a miscellaneous section for documents that don’t fit into other categories. Label each document clearly to indicate its relevance to your case.

By gathering and organizing these essential documents and information, you’ll be better prepared to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Common Mistakes Personal Injury Victims Make When Preparing for Their Case:

  1. Delaying Medical Treatment:

    • Mistake: Waiting too long to seek medical attention after an injury.
    • Tip: Seek medical treatment immediately after an injury, even if it seems minor. Prompt medical care not only ensures your health but also creates a documented record of your injuries.
  2. Failing to Document the Accident Scene:

    • Mistake: Not taking photos or gathering evidence at the accident scene.
    • Tip: Take photos of the accident scene, any hazards, and your injuries. Collect contact information from witnesses and obtain incident reports if possible.
  3. Neglecting to Preserve Evidence:

    • Mistake: Discarding or losing important evidence related to the accident.
    • Tip: Preserve all evidence, including medical records, accident reports, witness statements, and photographic evidence. Keep these documents organized and in a safe place.
  4. Not Keeping Track of Expenses:

    • Mistake: Failing to document medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs related to the injury.
    • Tip: Keep detailed records of all expenses, including medical bills, prescription costs, transportation expenses for medical appointments, and any lost income due to the injury.
  5. Ignoring Legal Advice:

    • Mistake: Making decisions or statements without consulting a personal injury lawyer.
    • Tip: Seek legal advice from a qualified personal injury lawyer before discussing your case with insurance companies or signing any documents. Follow your lawyer’s guidance throughout the legal process.
  6. Discussing the Case on Social Media:

    • Mistake: Sharing details or opinions about the accident or injury on social media.
    • Tip: Avoid discussing your case on social media platforms. Insurance companies and opposing parties may use your posts against you. Keep communication about your case private and between you and your legal team.
  7. Accepting Early Settlement Offers:

    • Mistake: Accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company without fully understanding the extent of your injuries and damages.
    • Tip: Consult with a personal injury lawyer before accepting any settlement offers. Your lawyer can assess the offer’s fairness and ensure you receive appropriate compensation for your losses.
  8. Delaying Legal Action:

    • Mistake: Waiting too long to take legal action or file a personal injury claim.
    • Tip: Consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. In many cases, there are time limits (statute of limitations) for filing a claim, so acting promptly is crucial.

By avoiding these common mistakes and following the tips provided, personal injury victims can better prepare for their case and increase their chances of a successful outcome.

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