Document Checklist in A San Francisco Slip And Fall Case
When working with a personal injury lawyer, you will need to prepare a list of documents ready for trial. Here are the top documents you will need to prepare for any slip and fall case:
Your Demand Letter
A demand letter is a letter sent off to an insurance company that represents the negligent party involved. By contacting the insurance company early, you can notify them of the accident and the damages that you have suffered as a result. In any demand letter, you will need to have a series of documents and amendments that cover the total expenses and costs associated with the accident. Generally, a personal injury lawyer will draft this demand letter.
Your Witness Statements
If you had a witness with you during the incident, include their statements along with your letter to support your claim. Unbiased third parties are preferred for witness statements.
If the paramedics needed to be called, make sure that all written medical reports can be included with your case. All reports from EMS as well as medical professionals need to be placed inside your settlement.
A Medical Narrative From A Doctor
If you had a physician prepare a report or narrative about the injuries or the treatment that you had to undergo, ensure that all of the reports are included within the settlement letter. You could also consider including photo documentation of the injury along with these reports. A doctor’s medical narrative can include other examples such as x-rays, treatment records and more. Be sure to include medical records from every professional you see whether they are a surgeon, dental professional or dermatologist during aftercare.
Your Lost Wages
If you have been off work, check the law whether or not you can be covered for lost wages. Ask your employer for details and documentation about the wages which were docked as well as other losses which could have been incurred from not being at your job.
All documentation of medical expenses need to be recorded whether it is for drugs, emergency room treatments, post-op care, physical therapy and more. You could potentially be compensated for some or all of your medical expenses as a result of the lawsuit.
Keep some of these documents in mind as you are preparing for a lawsuit and working with a legal team to build up the evidence needed for a successful slip and fall case.