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The Duties Of A Personal Injury Attorney In A Car Accident Case

Below is a complete list of tasks that may be performed in order to work-up and successfully resolve an Indiana car accident case. Every case is unique and has its own set of challenges so each case may not require every action. These actions include the following:

  1. Interview the client
  2. Explain the claims process to the client
  3. Gather liability and damage evidence to support the client's claim
  4. Review the client's automobile insurance policy to see what coverage is available to pay for the client's medical bills, lost wages, and other losses
  5. Put client's health insurance, Medicare and/or Medicaid on notice of the claim
  6. Start the initial investigation of the client's claim, which may include: gathering physical evidence, speaking with witnesses, photographing the vehicles, and photographing the accident scene
  7. Analyze the legal issues involved in the case to determine if there are other parties that may be responsible for the claim or if there are facts that might diminish the client's recovery
  8. Obtain and review the client's medical records (past and present)
  9. File any necessary claim forms with insurance companies
  10. Work with the client's health insurance or governmental benefit plan to make sure they pay for the treatment
  11. Contact the adverse party's insurance company to put them on notice of the claim so they can set appropriate loss reserves
  12. Negotiate with the insurance adjuster in an effort to settle the claim. Discuss negotiations with the client to determine if a lawsuit will be filed
  13. If a lawsuit has to be filed, prepare and draft the summons and complaint
  14. Locate the defendant(s) so they can be served with the summons and complaint
  15. Draft written discovery to the defendant(s) and respond to written discovery from the defendant(s) (Interrogatories, requests for production and requests for admissions)
  16. Attend depositions of parties and witnesses
  17. Hire the necessary experts to prove client's claim. This may include an accident reconstructionist and/or medical experts
  18. Attend case management/status conferences
  19. File all necessary documents with the court identifying witnesses and exhibits
  20. Prepare for an attend mediation
  21. For larger exposure cases hire and present case to focus group(s)
  22. Take the case to trial
  23. Draft or respond to any post-trial motions if necessary
  24. Negotiate any outstanding medical bills with client's doctors and negotiate with client's insurance company.

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