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Although over half of America's paper money is printed at the U.S.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth,
personal injury accident victims will not see the money that they deserve
for their pain and suffering unless they take the appropriate steps to
file their claims properly. Most people who are injured in accidents do
not have the necessary legal knowledge of personal injury law to adequately
tackle these tasks alone, and many are too impaired to do the required
leg work themselves. This is where the Doan Law Firm can help. The firm
provides residents of Fort Worth with a 24 hour a day, seven day a week
hotline for real time, initial case evaluations. Here are some of the
questions that are normally asked during initial consultative sessions
as well as examples of items that one can expect to present to lawyers
soon after the free consultation.
Prospective personal injury clients must be prepared to release some of
their private information in order for lawyers to conduct thorough investigations
about the facts of their cases. One of the first pieces of information
that lawyers require is the disclosure of all insurance policies that
the accident victim possesses. This includes medical, dental, rental car,
short term disability and long term disability insurance policies. An
injured person who must utilize the services relating to those listed
insurance policies because of their accident has started a paper trail
of evidence that supports the claim of their injuries. Lawyers will also
generally require a release of medical and employment records, and clients
must sign medical and wage release authorization forms to make this happen.
These records allow lawyers to gather evidence concerning the type and
extent of their clients' injuries which affect personal injury award
amounts. When clients miss work due to the treatment or rehabilitation
of case related injuries, lawyers must calculate loss of wages for their
clients to determine estimated award amounts that support settlement negotiations
with insurance companies or law suits in civil court rooms.
Questions and Initial Advice
Prospective personal injury clients will be asked a series of questions
relating to their accident. The most obvious one which is "what exactly
happened before, during and after the accident?" is likely the most
important as well. These statements become the basis of accident victims'
claims, and prospective clients should provide as detailed accounts as
possible. After listening to their clients' chronological description
of events, lawyers are likely to ask about police reports filed, official
or unofficial interviews that have been given about the accidents and
statements signed. Police reports help lawyers to gain different perspectives
about the events surrounding accidents. Clients will also be asked about
the statements that they have publicly made about their accidents. For
example, a news crew interviews a client who survives a bad car accident,
and the client states that they are okay except for some minor cuts and
bruises. Although the client was able to walk away from the accident scene
with few visible injuries, that person could still require extensive medical
treatment and rehabilitation later. However, they have given the impression
publicly that they are in fair physical condition. Lawyers need to know
about these admissions early so that they can prepare statements that
minimize their clients' risks of losing cases even after real injuries
are discovered by qualified medical professionals. Lawyers are also interested
in conversations between their clients and insurance company representatives
that relate to revealed insurance policy limits; this type of disclosure
to the plaintiff is helpful for establishing requested award amounts.
A key piece of advice that lawyers offer their prospective clients during
initial consultations is to not sign any authorization forms requested
by defendants' insurance companies prior to legal review. Insurance
companies can use full disclosure of medical and wage records to justify
lower settlement award amounts.
Administrative Legal Paperwork
Personal injury attorneys also introduce their pay rates and contract terms
during initial consultation sessions. Reputable lawyers like those at
Doan Law Firm allow clients to thoroughly review retainer terms and conditions
as well as pay scale information before contract signatures are required.
Initial consultation with injury attorneys are designed to be brief meetings
that communicate the essence of what happened during an accident to legal
professionals and give prospective clients valuable advice in preparation
of settlement negotiations or trials. However, each case is unique, and
reputable lawyers will take all the time that is necessary to gain needed
information about the accident and answer client questions.