5 Things You Should Always Tell Your Lawyer after a Car Accident

Oct 09, 2020 Car Accidents

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

If you were injured in a serious car accident, you may be unsure of what your attorney needs to know. You may be embarrassed about your injuries and reluctant to tell your lawyer exactly what happened. It’s also hard to share your medical records or talk about how an injury has impacted your life. People often downplay the severity of their pain and suffering, but it’s very important for your attorney to know everything.

You need to tell your story to a trustworthy lawyer with the experience and skill to help you get the compensation you deserve. With 11 offices across Ohio and a history of successful results, KNR has represented thousands of car accident victims, and we know what you’re going through. Call 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free, no-risk consultation.

Here’s some of the things you should be honest with your attorney about, so you can recover everything you are entitled to.

1. Tell Your Attorney About All of Your Past and Present Medical Treatment

You might know that you need to tell your lawyer about any treatment that you think is relevant to your current accident. However, you should also tell them about past medical conditions and treatment. You can actually get compensation for all of your injuries, even those that aggravated pre-existing conditions.

Additionally, your pre-existing conditions may need treatment in the future because of your accident. Therefore, it’s important to tell your attorney about all of your conditions and past medical treatment.

2. Tell Your Attorney If You May Be Partially At Fault

If you think you may have been partially at fault in the accident, tell your attorney. In Ohio, you can still recover compensation even if you are partially to blame. According to Ohio’s comparative negligence law, you can still recover damages as long as you weren’t more than 50% at fault.

The insurance company may try to blame you for the majority of the accident, so it’s important to work with an attorney who will push back and prove their insured was at fault. KNR will conduct an investigation, gather evidence, and work with experts to prove you weren’t more than 50% at fault.

3. Tell Your Attorney If You Didn’t Have Car Insurance in an Auto Accident

Ohio law requires that all drivers have insurance; however, as many as 12% of drivers do not have appropriate coverage, according to the Insurance Information Institute. If you are one of those drivers, but you were the victim of a car accident, you may still be able to recover compensation from the negligent (or at fault) driver.

In Ohio, the person who is at fault must pay for damages. Thus, they will be financially responsible for your losses like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you don’t have insurance, it’s even more important to work with an attorney and get a successful insurance claim.

4. Tell Your Attorney Exactly What Happened

Don’t keep any part of the accident from your attorney. Your attorney will have to piece together what happened, and your reluctance in telling them what happened will only make their job harder and might result in you getting less in compensation.

Make sure you tell your attorney all of the details that you remember, including what you did and didn’t do. Tell your attorney about witnesses and all other information about the surroundings of the accident.

5. Tell Your Attorney If You Got a Ticket in a Car Accident

When you’re in a car accident, you should always call the police to document the crash. Many times, the police officer will issue citations to one or both drivers. If you were issued a citation, make sure you let your attorney know so they can mitigate the situation.

Your attorney will need to prepare a defense against the insurance company’s accusations that you may have been at fault in the accident. If your attorney knows about the ticket, they can have a statement prepared.

Contact KNR Right Away

If you have questions about your car accident claim or what information you should provide, KNR can help. We want you to feel comfortable with our handling your case, so we offer a free consultation at no risk to you. You pay also us nothing until you recover compensation.

After you hire us, you can be sure that our experienced and compassionate team will guide you through the entire process. Let us investigate, collect the documents, negotiate, and pursue everything you deserve.

Call us today to get started: 1-800-HURT-NOW.