After nearly 30 years as Denver personal injury attorneys, we can tell you that ― whether it’s an auto accident, a workplace injury, or a slip-and-fall ― preparation is essential to a successful case. And that preparation begins with the victim and his or her family.

Once you’ve sought initial medical attention, get as much on-the-scene evidence as possible ― from contact information for witnesses, to cell phone photos from every angle. Get names and badge numbers of responding police officers and request a copy of their report(s). If you’re in a store, get contact information for the manager on duty and his or her supervisor.

Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Bell & Pollock, P.C. your initial consultation is free ― and if we do take your case it will likely be on a contingency basis, so we’ll handle the upfront expenses (to be reimbursed from your award or settlement).

Meanwhile, avoid representatives from the at-fault party, who may try to pressure you for a quick settlement. Anything you say to them can come back to haunt you, so just refer them to your lawyer.

Keep and maintain a journal of doctor visits, treatments and therapy. Take notes at medical consultations, tracking your overall prognosis and recovery. Keep your health insurer informed ― they’ll want to be on board for any settlement that may reimburse them as well.

Keep a detailed log of all reasonable and necessary expenses relating to the incident, including receipts for vehicle repairs and rentals, medical and travel expenses, and property losses. Don’t overlook charges for personal care aides and home remodeling necessitated by the victim’s condition.

While you document the details of your case, your personal injury legal team can schedule a court date (about a year in advance). We’ll offer advice on the parties to name in your suit, collect and evaluate evidence, line up experts, and plan depositions. We’ll help you evaluate settlement offers and prepare counter-offers as necessary. And most of all, we’ll be at your side, every step of the way.