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Accident Investigation Process

After you suffer an injury in an accident and file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, the defendant’s insurer will investigate the accident. For instance, if you were hurt in a car accident, the other driver’s auto insurer will investigate the claim. Or if you were injured in a store, that company’s liability insurer would look into what happened. When the other party is an individual without insurance, they may hire an attorney to investigate.

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You should not go through this process alone. Instead, contact the Ohio personal injury lawyers of Kisling, Nestico & Redick today to learn how we can conduct an independent investigation and represent your rights with the other parties.

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The Other Side’s Accident Investigation

You can expect the insurer’s adjuster or defendant’s attorney to take certain steps during a personal injury investigation, including:

  • Obtaining a copy of the police or other accident report
  • Asking for your formal statement about the event
  • Taking other witnesses’ statements
  • Obtaining photos or video footage of the accident
  • Obtaining physical evidence left over from the accident
  • Obtaining copies of your medical records
  • Retain expert witnesses

The exact steps necessary will depend on the type and complexity of the accident. A relatively straightforward slip and fall case may not require an accident reconstructionist while a multi-vehicle collision does.

You Need Legal Representation During an Investigation

During the initial investigation, the insurance company looks for the truth yet also hopes there is a way to deny its client’s liability. The other party’s insurance company is not on your side and not looking out for your best interests. This is why it is essential to work with an experienced Ohio personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. To protect your rights and have someone looking out for you.

You will be asked to provide the other party with a formal statement. You should not do this until you have spoken with an attorney. What you say and how you say it matters. A small slip of the tongue could be used against you. By preparing your statement with an attorney first, you understand how, to tell the truth in the best way for your case.

Additionally, insurers have the habit of asking for more documentation than they really need because they hope to find information supporting a denial of your claim. For example, an insurer may try to obtain your entire medical history. If your medical records include any evidence suggesting you might have suffered from one of your current conditions or injuries prior to the accident, this can be used to deny your claim or offer you less compensation. A personal injury lawyer will protect your rights and keep the insurance adjuster from violating your privacy.

You Deserve an Independent Investigation

You do not have to wait to see what the other party’s insurance company finds and decides. You have the right to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who is capable of conducting an independent investigation on your behalf. This is important because it may uncover facts in your favor that the insurance company did not discover or gave very little weight. It also helps you have an advantageous perspective on the facts, enabling you and your attorney to better counter the other party’s arguments against your claim. While the defendant’s insurer is not looking out for you, your attorney will strive to find evidence in support of your case.

Our Ohio Personal Injury Attorneys Are Ready to Investigate Your Claim

By working with the legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, you have attorneys and other legal professionals on your side who are ready to dive into an investigation of your accident. We will leave no stone unturned to find out what happened to you, why, and by whom. We will not rely on the other party’s investigation and conclusions. Instead, at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we gather our own documents, take our own witness statements, and hire our own experts to analyze the evidence. We not only know where to look for evidence, but also how to frame it in the best light for your claim. All of this is done with the goal of proving your claim and obtaining you the greatest possible compensation for your injuries.

The Accident Investigation Timeline

Accident investigations can take a few short weeks or months. It depends on the complexity of your case and whether or not you need to file a personal injury suit to utilize the discovery process. During discovery, your attorney can require the other side to answer questions, provide documents, and give a deposition. This may be necessary if other parties are being less than helpful. If you are worried about the time it will take to investigate your accident and obtain compensation, speak with us at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We will do our best to answer your questions and provide you with a realistic timeline.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you have been hurt in an accident and you need help to move forward with your life, call us at Kisling, Nestico & Redick right away. With decades of experience in handling personal injury claims, we understand how a traumatic accident and injuries affect all aspects of your life, from your emotional wellbeing to your physical capabilities. We strive to guide you through this type of claim with compassion while aggressively protecting your rights and fighting for the maximum compensation possible.

To learn more about how we can help with your personal injury claim, call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW and schedule an initial consultation for as soon as possible.

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