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If you were involved in a car accident that left you with serious injuries, you might be thinking about filing a personal injury lawsuit to recoup some of your expenses. However, in addition to dealing with debilitating injuries and recovering from emotional trauma, you and your lawyer will have the responsibility of proving your case. Here are two things you should bring with you when you meet with your lawyer for the first time, and how they can help:
1: Police Reports
When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you have the burden of proof. This means you and your lawyer will have to show the other party showed neglect in some way, and their actions caused your injury. For example, if you were hit by a drunk driver, you might have to prove the driver was over their blood alcohol limit and the impact of the car was what caused your injuries. Fortunately, police reports can be an incredibly helpful piece of evidence when it comes to your personal injury case, and here is why:
If you weren't able to get a copy of your accident report after your wreck, don't worry. In most places, you can download your report from state websites free of charge. In New York, for example, you can download a PDF of your original accident report as long as you are cited in the report or represent someone who is.
2: Medical Paperwork
Because medical bills will probably represent your largest expense after being involved in a car accident, it is important to bring all of your medical paperwork with you when you meet with a lawyer for the first time. The average car accident settlement typically equates to three times your total medical bills, but without that paperwork, your lawyer might not get you what you deserve. Here are a few important medical documents to round up before you meet with your lawyer:
Carefully gathering evidence for your lawyer might help you to avoid problems, expedite your filing, and win in court. Click here for info on finding a lawyer near you.