Detroit Personal Injury FAQs
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
If you've been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You could receive money for losses like time off from work, property damage, and even pain and suffering.
Should I bring anything to my first meeting with a lawyer?
Here is a list of some items you should bring with you to the first meeting:
- Police report(s) giving the story of what happened
- Doctor records of your injury and how it is being treated
- Medical bills and/or hospitalization costs
- Estimated costs for the future from your doctor or hospital (if your injury is still being treated)
- Pay stubs to show how much you make
- A list of how the injury has affected you and your family
- Insurance information
Should I sign a release or anything from an insurance company?
Not until consulting with a lawyer first! Most of the time, an insurance company will not pay you without obtaining your signature on a release. But a signed release allows the insurance company to be free from the obligation to pay anything more on your claim. It also prevents you from bringing up a lawsuit in the future.
A good legal team like the attorneys at Levine Benjamin should be able to review a release and advise you whether you risk losing any rights by signing it.
The insurance company is asking for a recorded statement. Should I give one?
No! Despite what an insurance adjuster may tell you, you are not required to give a statement. Even if an insurance company sends you letters threatening to “close their file” without your statement, you should not give a statement.
Adjusters are trained to conduct interviews and to secure testimony that makes it less likely for their driver to be blamed. If you give a recorded statement, it can be used as future evidence in a lawsuit.
Should I keep track of all my medical expenses?
One of the most important things is for you to keep an accurate record of your medical bills. Here are some tips on how to keep good records:
- Ask for an itemized statement from each doctor you see
- Save all prescription bills
- Make sure your lawyer receives a copy of each medical bill, prescription bill or other bills related to your injury.
- Keep a record of medical bills – even if they are processed through an insurance carrier
I’m interested in talking with Levine Benjamin. What should I do next?
Contact our office today. We’ll arrange a consultation to discuss your potential case.