Dealing with a personal injury lawsuit can be quite a hassle.
For this reason, people who have been injured in an accident usually acquire the services of a personal injury lawyer.
Before your lawyer can work on your case, he or she will need some information about the events leading up to your injury.
Here are five things your personal injury lawyer must know.
1) Date of the Accident. You need to know the exact date the injury was sustained, or if the injury wasn’t discovered or diagnosed until after the fact, then the time it became apparent must be documented. A state’s statute of limitations requires a lawsuit to be filed within a specific timeframe after the accident or injury. If that time has expired, you may be out of luck and find yourself unable to file suit. In Minnesota, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the injury or the date the injury was discovered.
2) Medical Bills Resulting from the Injury. The extent of damages that can be shown to have resulted from your injury help determine the amount your claim is worth. Dates of missed work due to injuries and resulting loss of wages, receipts for property repairs, and medical bills are a few examples of relevant evidence to this end.
3) Whether or Not the Defendant was on the Clock During the Accident. In a personal injury lawsuit, sometimes multiple people can be at fault even if they were not directly involved in causing injury. For example, if the defendant in such a suit was “on the job” when the accident happened, the defendant’s employer may also share some liability.
4) Where the Accident Happened. The location where the injury or accident happened can also be a factor in determining which party can be held liable for your injuries. If you are injured in another person’s business or home, the tenant or owner of the property could be liable.
5) Whether Anyone Involved has Contacted You. Any contact made by anyone else who was involved in the accident might prove useful as trial evidence or during settlement negotiations. Be sure to bring any correspondences including emails and phone records from the attorney of the other party or either insurance company as well.
These are only five of the many important things to remember when contacting a Minnesota personal injury attorney about your case.
If you have been in an accident and suspect that someone’s negligence might have caused you harm, contact our law office today. We will fight tirelessly to get you the full amount of compensation owed.