Things to Tell Your Alabama Personal Injury LawyerPublished: Nov 18, 2020 in Personal Injury
You need to trust your personal injury attorney so you know you are working with the right person. Your attorney will build trust with you by being open about their experience and knowledge, including giving you information about their process. The best thing you can do is be honest about your life and accident. Read below to learn some things you should tell your Alabama personal injury lawyer.
If you have questions after an accident, you can trust Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. We have extensive experience working with an array of personal injury accidents. Call us today at (205) 933-1500 or use our online contact form.
1. Tell Your Attorney What Really Happened in the Accident
You should write down everything that happened in your accident, including what you were doing and what the other driver did after the accident. You should share this with your attorney.
Even if you think you were partially at fault, you should tell your lawyer. Alabama is one of only five states that uses contributory negligence, which states that anyone who is even partially to blame for the accident cannot recover any financial compensation at all. Thus, it is essential to let your attorney know what happened so they can begin building evidence to support your claim.
2. Tell Your Attorney Who Was Present at the Scene of the Accident
It’s important to gather as much information as possible after an accident. Some of the most important things to find out at the scene of the accident are the names, phone numbers, email addresses, and other contact information for all witnesses. Statements from these people will be essential in proving fault in your claim.
3. Tell Your Attorney If You Had Car Insurance
If you had car insurance, you may have additional options for compensation even if the other driver didn’t have insurance or if they didn’t have enough. Your collision coverage or uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage might be able to contribute to your damages.
In Alabama, all drivers are required to have a minimum of $25,000 bodily injury liability per person, $50,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage per accident. This is often called “25/50/25.” However, this amount may not be enough, and it will be implemented to know how much car insurance you have.
4. Tell Your Attorney About Your Medical History
The injuries you sustained in the accident may have made previous conditions worse. The person at fault in your accident will still have to pay for all of these injuries, even if they simply made your other injuries and illnesses more severe.
For example, if you had minor back pain prior to the accident, but you now have to take prescription narcotic pain killers to handle your physical pain, you can get compensation for the additional injuries that have been caused.
5. Tell Your Attorney About All of Your Expenses from the Accident
You can get money for all of your expenses, including economic losses like medical costs and lost wages as well as out of pocket costs like Tylenol and Icy Hot. You should keep all of your receipts after an accident and give them to your attorney. Your attorney will keep a total of all of your expenses and ask the insurance company for reimbursement through your settlement.
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