Not every auto accident or other personal injury incident requires an attorney. For example, you have only very minor injuries or only property damages. Even in these instances, you may still want to consult with an attorney, but you may not need to hire one.
Nevertheless, if you have suffered injuries that required medical treatment or incurred lost wages as a result of a car accident or other personal injury, you should consider hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to make sure your rights are protected and a fair remedy is pursued on your behalf.
We have previously described some of the benefits of hiring an experienced Kansas City personal injury attorney. But what exactly will an experienced personal injury attorney do for your case?
Below is a list of the actions our firm takes with most injury cases. Please keep in mind that each case is different, and not all of these actions are required in every case. Nevertheless, this list gives you a good idea of the kind of work that an experienced attorney to protect your rights and maximize your recovery.
- Initial interview with the client
- Educate our client about applicable personal injury laws and court rules
- Review and analyze the client’s insurance policies to see what coverage is available to pay all or a portion of the medical bills while the claim is pending
- Gather documentary evidence, including police accident reports, medical records, films and bills
- Hire an investigator, as needed, to interview witnesses, locate witnesses, etc.
- Collect other evidence, such as photographs of the vehicles and accident scene
- Review and analyze the client’s health insurance policy or other benefits plan to ascertain whether any money he or she spent to pay medical bills must be repaid
- Review and analyze all legal issues, such as comparative fault and assumption of the risk
- Provide the client a fair, unbiased opinion as to the merits of the case and the likelihood of winning
- Talk to the client’s physicians or obtain written reports from them to understand the client’s prognosis
- Review and analyze the validity of any liens on the case that doctors, insurance companies, welfare benefit plans and employers may assert relating to the client’s recovery
- Contact the insurance company to put them on notice of the claim
- Decide with the client whether an attempt will be made to negotiate the case with the insurance company or whether suit shall be filed
- If suit is filed, prepare the client, witnesses and health care providers for depositions
- Prepare and respond to written discovery, which includes requests for documents and written questions and answers from the defendant
- Prepare 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, etc.
- Conduct a scheduling conference to set a trial date
- Prepare a demand package to send to the defendant in attempt to settle the case
- Prepare for a possible mediation and/or settlement before trial
- Prepare for trial, including preparing the client and witnesses
- Organize and prepare medical exhibits for trial
- Organize and prepare demonstrative exhibits for trial
- File motions with the court to determine what evidence will be allowed at trial
- Take the case to trial with a jury
- Review and analyze the verdict to determine if either side has good grounds to appeal the case
- Make any recommendations to the client after the verdict
Clearly, there are real benefits to hiring an experienced Kansas City personal injury and car accident lawyer to help you recover the maximum amount for your injuries. For more information about personal injury claims in Missouri and Kansas, please feel free to download a free copy of my book, Crash Course, from our website.
You may be wondering next about how to find the best personal injury attorney for your case. We would be happy to help you through that process or to talk to you about your case with a free, confidential consultation. You can also contact our firm by calling (816) 203-0143 or by filling out our contact us form below.