After the Initial Client Interview:
- We investigate the accident, obtain the police report, take witness statements, obtain photographs of the scene and cars involved in the accident and assist you in resolving the property damage issues regarding damage to your car.
- We contact your insurance company and the insurance company for the other driver, and we communicate with them during the entire length of your case.
- We analyze your car insurance policy to see what coverages apply to your case, and we also analyze your health insurance policy.
- After your doctor has discharged you from his or her care, we collect and review all of the medical reports and bills as well as any records of lost wages.
- We thoroughly evaluate your case, outlining the strengths and weaknesses. Some of the factors that go into the evaluation are, of course, your injuries and medical treatment, the jurisdiction in which the case will be tried, as well as other factors. We can attempt to negotiate an out-of-court settlement, and we will continue to inform you of the status of the negotiations, and will provide you with recommendations. If no settlement can be achieved, we file the appropriate lawsuit.
- The attorney or insurance company for the defendant (other driver) has the right to arrange for a physical examination by a doctor of their choice. This is called and Independent Medical Examination (“IME”). At this stage, the “discovery” process begins.
- We prepare written questions for the defendant to answer and answer written questions sent to us by the defendant’s attorney, and take the deposition of the defendant(s) and other witnesses.
- We prepare you and witnesses, including your doctors, for depositions; we attend your deposition with you. Your deposition is your statement under oath about the accident and your injuries.
- We produce to the defendant all of the pertinent data for the claim, such as medical bills, medical records, wage loss records and tax returns.
- We prepare for trial.
- We file briefs and motions with the court to eliminate surprises at trial.
- We take the case to trial once the trial date is set by the court.
Stuart A. Carpey, who has been practicing as an attorney since 1987, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation which includes representing injured individuals in a vast array of personal injury cases.