Your personal injury case is being handled by a great Virginia board certified personal injury attorney....but is it? Just as with any other service, you expect only the best from the "expert" you're dealing with, but you can't always be too sure. If there was one thing I could do for you, it would be to share what you really should be expecting. In the world we live in today there are frauds and scams left and right - I wouldn't want to see you getting stuck with a personal injury attorney who doesn't even plan on battling for you in court if it came down to it!
The following list lays out the tasks your attorney should complete for you. Remember that each case is different, and it is possible that some steps may not be necessary in your particular case.
- Initial interview with client
- Educate client on injury claims
- Collect documentary evidence: i.e. police reports, medical reports, or bills
- Analyze client's insurance policy and coverage
- Make suggestions as to what future coverage should be purchased
- Interview known witnesses
- Collect evidence
- Analyze legal issues that may affect case
- Interview client's physician
- Analyze the validity of any liens on the case
- Notify the insurance company of the claim if this has not already been done
- Decide whether negotiation is possible in the claim
- Prepare all necessary parties for depositions
- Prepare written questions and answers for the depositions
- Produce to the defendant pertinent information for the claim
- Set a trial date
- Prepare for trial or settlement before the trial
- Prepare client and witnesses
- Organize exhibits for the trial
- Prepare for mediation or arbitration
- File briefs and motions with the court to eliminate surprises at trial
- Take case to trial with a jury or judge
- Analyze verdict
- Make recommendation on whether or not to appeal the case
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