What Can a Personal Injury Attorney Do To Help Me?

I can’t speak for every personal injury attorney, but I can tell you what I do:

-Educate and teach my clients about personal injury claims and the litigation process.

-Gather written records and documents to support the claim, including medical records, police report, and employment records.

-Investigate the client’s claim, including gathering witness statements, photographs, diagrams, and physical evidence.

-Read and analyze the client’s own automobile insurance policy to see what coverage is available to pay for the client’s damages, like medical, hospital and wage loss benefits.

-Contact the insurance company about the claim and conduct periodic discussions with the carrier about your case so that appropriate reserves are set aside to settle the case

-Negotiate with the insurance adjustor in an effort to settle the claim, either short of litigation or short of trial

-Obtain specific reports and expert testimony to support the client’s claim

-Confer with the client’s doctors and other healthcare providers to fully understand what my client is going through

-Review and analyze the client’s medical records and billings

-File necessary claim forms with the at-fault governmental agency

-Analyze client’s own health insurance or governmental benefit plan to ascertain whether any money they spent must be repaid.

-Address any liens asserted against the client’s settlement recovery (various healthcare providers, insurers, governmental agencies may file liens seeking to be repaid money for benefits already paid to or on behalf of the client)

-Draft the summons and complaint to file in court if a lawsuit is necessary

-Locate the defendant so that personal service of the summons and complaint can be delivered

-Draft written questions for information from the other side (called interrogatories and requests for production).

-Answer questions and produce information and records requested by the other side.

-Ready the client for his or her deposition.

-Meet with client’s physicians to prepare for their own deposition requested by the defense attorney.

-Conduct the deposition of the defendant and other lay witnesses.

-Gather the depositions of the defendant’s experts, including medical experts.

-Prepare the client for his or her medical examination by the defendant’s medical experts.

-Hire other necessary experts to support or prove the client’s claim, including other physicians, economists, engineers, etc.

-Review and analyze expert reports about the client’s case.

-File the necessary documents in court as required by the judge, including witness lists, trial readiness, settlement conferences, etc.

-Organize records and other documentary evidence intended to be introduced at trial or for submission to the mediator or arbitrator for mediation and/or arbitration.

-Research and write briefs and file motions to keep out or let in certain evidence at trial.

-Create and prepare exhibits for trial.

-Ready the client and other witnesses for trial.

-Perform or participate in mock trials or focus groups.

-Try the case over the course of several days before a judge or jury.

-Analyze verdict for any issues that occurred at trial and write briefs or motions following verdict to obtain post-trial relief, including motions for attorney fees, or to overturn the verdict.

-Analyze trial record to determine if appeal is warranted and write briefs and motions if appeal is filed.

-Negotiate subrogation claims asserted by client’s insurance company or governmental agency that provided benefits to client.

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Christopher M. Davis is principal attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.