What Does An Experienced D.C. Personal Injury Attorney Do For You In A Case?
Here is a more or less complete list of the tasks your attorney may be called to do in your case. Remember that each case is different, and that not all of these tasks will be required in every case.
• Initial interview with the client
• Educate client about personal injury claims
• Gather documentary evidence, including police accident reports, medical records and bills
• Analyze the client’s insurance policy to see whether there is
any coverage which the client has that may pay all or a portion of the medical bills while the claim is pending
• Analyze the client’s insurance coverages and make suggestions as to what coverages should be purchased for future protection
• Interview known witnesses
• Collect other evidence, such as photographs of the accident scene
• Analyze the legal issues, such as contributory negligence and assumption of the risk
• Talk to the client’s physicians or obtain written reports from them to understand the client’s condition fully
• Analyze the client’s health insurance policy or welfare benefit plan to ascertain whether any money they spent to pay your bills must be repaid
• Analyze the validity of any liens on the case. Doctors, insurance companies, Medicaid benefit plans, employers and workers compensation insurance (if the accident happened while on the job) may assert that they are entitled to all or part of the client’s recovery
• Contact the insurance company to put them on notice of the claim, if this has not already been done
• Decide with the client whether an attempt will be made to negotiate the case with the insurance company or whether suit shall be filed
• Research, retain and work with expert witnesses and consultants
• If suit is filed, prepare the client, witnesses and healthcare providers for depositions
• Prepare written questions and answers and take the deposition of the defendant and other witnesses
• Produce to the defendant all of the pertinent data for the claim, such as medical bills, medical records, and tax returns
• Go to court to set a trial date
• Prepare for trial and/or settlement before trial
• Prepare the client and witnesses for trial
• Organize the preparation of medical exhibits for trial
• Organize the preparation of demonstrative exhibits for trial
• Prepare for mediation and/or arbitration
• File briefs and motions with the court to eliminate surprises at trial
• Analyze the jury’s verdict to determine if either side has good grounds to appeal the case
• Make recommendations to the client as to whether or not to appeal the case.
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