What to Bring to the Consultation with a Truck Accident Lawyer
Solid evidence is the backbone of any successful truck accident claim. A lack of compelling evidence could motivate the insurance company to deny or undervalue your case.
When collecting evidence, it’s important to act quickly. Time-sensitive evidence such as surveillance footage could strengthen your claim. By contacting a truck accident attorney as soon as possible, he or she can conduct an immediate investigation, file subpoenas to obtain evidence, and contact expert witnesses to assist with your claim if necessary.
Let’s look at important evidence you should bring to the consultation with your truck accident attorney:
1. Medical Records
The severity of your injuries can play a fundamental role in how your attorney goes about helping you seek fair compensation. Your medical records paint a clear picture of not only the extent of your injuries but also the associated medical expenses. They can also prove that you have taken your healthcare seriously, thus reducing the likelihood of facing a dispute over the failure to mitigate damages.
If you deviate from your treatment program, the insurer might contend that your own negligence has caused your medical bills. Additionally, other losses to be more extensive than they should be. Also, your financial recovery might be reduced as a result. As such, you should follow your doctor’s orders exactly.
You may already be aware that your claim can account for medical expenses and property repairs; however, it may also be possible to obtain compensation for a wide array of other losses. For example include car rental, transport to and from the hospital, and home modifications to accommodate new disabilities. Bring invoices and receipts of all expenses you incurred as a direct result of the accident.
3. Work-Related Documents
If you had to take time off work to recover from your injuries, the income you lost may be recoverable. Your lawyer will want to see any related financial documents including pay stubs, 1099s, income tax returns, letters from your employer, and bank statements. In the event that you suffered a permanent disability in the truck crash, you could also be entitled to compensation for loss of future earnings and benefits.
4. Crash Scene Evidence
Photos of the truck crash scene and dashcam footage can serve as valuable evidence. Bring these and any other evidence from the accident scene with you to the initial consultation. If you believe a CCTV camera may have caught footage of the accident, you should inform your lawyer as soon as possible as these videos are usually erased within a matter of weeks.
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