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Initial Steps in Making Your Maritime Claim

Preservation of evidence for your case
Accident report/incident report
Medical information for your claim
Employment information for your claim
Recorded statement
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Preservation of evidence for your case

Hawaii investigation After an accident the very first and most important requirement (from the point of view of making a claim) is usually to preserve whatever evidence is available regarding the accident. This usually involves obtaining, keeping, documenting and storing whatever evidence it is possible to obtain, keep, document and store and photographing or videotaping all evidence that may for some reason be perishable or subject to change. It also involves locating and interviewing witnesses to the accident and others who may be familiar with the conditions which gave rise to the accident.

All products - such as devices, furniture, containers, medications, food, etc. - involved in the accident should be saved - especially if the show any signs of damage from the accident. Specific examination and testing is often required. The vehicles involved in a collision should be saved for inspection by experts. The cause of an accident can often HI Accidents Attorney graphic be determined by an expert's inspection of the vehicles involved. A dangerous condition which gives rise to the accident should be photographed or videotaped as soon as possible. Otherwise it may change or be changed before the necessary evidence to pursue the claim has been gathered. Interviews should be conducted promptly - before memories fade or subsequent events corrupt the memory's recall. Identifying and locating witnesses and obtaining accurate recall of the events surrounding the accident becomes progressively more difficult with each day that elapses after an accident. Delay may prove to be very costly. So please don't delay.

Proper preservation and documentation of the evidence related to your claims may require experienced investigators and even the involvement of trained scientists and engineers. These expenses can be fairly steep. They are particularly steep for a family already dealing with the financial burdens of an accident.

If you retain this office on your case, we will be happy to assist you in obtaining, keeping, documenting and storing evidence and in photographing or video-taping and otherwise preserving facts and circumstances related to your claims. These costs will typically be advanced by us for your case.

Accident reports/incident reports

After a serious accident it is important to begin to record all information relevant to that accident. After a collision on the roads, the drivers exchange Oahu Accidents Attorneys graphic names, addresses, phone numbers and insurance information. If the police are called, a lot of additional information is usually recorded in the police report. In a slip and fall accident, the injured person - or his representative - should file an incident report as soon as possible with the owner of the premises where the accident occurred. This report should indicate the approximate location, the date and the time of the injury and a very brief statement (one sentence) of what happened. Similar incident reports can be generated for other injury claims. The existence of an incident report can be helpful in answering an insurer's first concerns regarding an accident - did this accident really happen and was my insured involved?

Medical information for your claim

As soon as reasonably possible after an accident, an injured person should seek qualified medical attention. Although Oahu Accidents Lawyers graphic medical care is pretty expensive, the absence of medical care - especially for an extended period of time- may be even more expensive to an injured person. Such delay may significantly damage the valuation of a personal injury claim. It creates uncertainty in the insurer's assessment of the injuries - were they truly a result of this accident? It may also create doubt in the minds of jurors- if the injuries were serious enough for a lawsuit, why wasn't a doctor consulted? See a qualified doctor for your treatment and someone that you trust. Be aware that there are some doctors who bias their opinions in favor of insurance companies. You will want to avoid having such a doctor as your treating doctor.

Employment information for your claim

In order to make a lost earnings claim, you will need to have one or more off-work slips (with specific dates indicated) and proof of the earnings lost during that period. The earnings lost can be proven by payroll records, a letter from the employer or other appropriate documentation. For accidents in Hawaii, a wage loss claim is sometimes available under TDI, worker's compensation or occassionally as part of the no fault coverages in a car accident.

Recorded statement

Most insurance adjusters will want to take a recorded statement Oahu Accidents Lawyers graphic from a claimant before completing evaluation of a claim. This statement may be used later to attempt to attack a claimant's credibility. Giving such a statement without the advice and assistance of an attorney carries significant risk. Most claimants are well advised to obtain the services of a competent and experienced personal injury attorney to protect their legal rights before proceeding with such an interview.

Conclusion

In short, there are many steps to be taken to establish a personal injury case once an accident has occurred which may give rise to a claim. Evidence must be preserved, photographs and videotapes must be taken and witnesses must be located and interviewed. Other basic investigation must be undertaken and information must be gathered. Within a short period of time, much evidence (and perhaps evidence crucial to the case) will be lost. To obtain a satisfactory resolution of the case later, the proper groundwork must be laid at the earliest possible date.





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Do you ever wonder if a claimant should hire an attorney or "go it alone" on an accident case? Without an attorney, a claimant has no power to force an insurance company to do anything. According to page 5 of Allstate Insurance Company's own internal document entitled "Unrepresented Segment Training" (which was obtained in a lawsuit in Florida challenging Allstate's unfair claims settlement practices), "represented claims settle for 2-3 times more than unrepresented claims". You can see it for yourself here on page 5 (pdf page 4 of 7). If you review the rest of this pamphlet, you will see that some insurers, like Allstate, actually have training programs to teach their claims representatives how to best persuade claimants not to hire an attorney. Are you still wondering?


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