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How do I Submit my Claim?

Follow these steps to post your Claim:

1) Obtain Claim Specific Reports: What type of reports, and who prepared them will depend on your case. Car accidents involving personal injury or significant property damage are reported by the investigating entity typically local or state law enforcement.  Reports can be obtained from the investigating agency. Claims involving a Defective Product can be investigated by a number of different entities.  If your injury occurred at work your employer or its insurer may investigate the accident.  OSHA may become involved depending on the circumstances and severity of the injury. Generally, your employer can help you obtain these reports.  If the injury occurred somewhere other than at work, your own insurer may perform an investigation and compile a report. If the police respond to an emergency call a report will often be prepared describing the accident and the product involved.  If you or anyone else contacts a state or federal agency some form of record will be generated. Ambulance or emergency room records may contain useful information. Useful links to help you begin to gather reports can be found at: http://www.eaglefee.com/faq/state-by-state-list-of-useful-sites-for-accident-victims/  Premises Liability: if your injury involves a dangerous condition on real property,  look to local police reports, ambulance and emergency room records.  Medical Malpractice: typically, these cases are very technical and require substantial expert medical analysis to determine whether medical personel are responsible for an injury. In addition, many states restrict the fee that can be charged a claimant.  Nevertheless, medical malpractice claims may hold substantial value.  Medical reports summarizing the injury or condition for which you are seeking compensation provide valuable information a lawyer can use to analyze your claim.  If a subsequent treating physician, a doctor who sees you after the onset of your injury,  writes a report identifying inappropriate care this is very useful. Claimants with potential medical malpractice claims should read and follow the special instructions under the separarte FAQ: Special Instructions for Potential Medical Malpractice Claims. Business Disputes are often complicated and involve multiple documents.  Each case is very different but documents that may help a lawyer perform an initial review of your claim include letters already exchanged with your opponent identifying the nature of your claim and the extent of your loss. Notices of a breach or an anticipated breach of contract can identify your claim. Any public document (something already available to your opponent) can serve to outline your claim.

Newspaper Articles often contain valuable information identifying a claim.  Though the press may not ascribe fault for an injury, general facts surrounding an incident are often described.  Remember, you want to provide information so lawyers can both identify and understand your claim.  If a matter is one of public record, local lawyers may often already have some knowledge of the dispute.  Your post will give these lawyers the opportunity to express their interest in representing you.

Be creative! It’s not possible to identify all of the useful sources of documentary information about every type of claim in existence. Any document prepared by a third party and available to your opponent can be used to identify your claim.  By posting your claim you are not vouching for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in the document.  The point is to provide lawyers reviewing your claim enough information to make an initial assessment of its merits.

2 ) Obtain Medical Reports: In personal injury cases, medical reports serve two functions.  First, they define your injury and identify likely medical issues that will arise in your case.  Second, medical reports can be an indicator for the range of value of your case. Though there isn’t a direct correlation  between the extent of your physical injuries and the value of your case, experienced lawyers can use the severity of your injuries as a rough means of evaluating the monetary damages your case may generate.

Medical reports can be obtained from the doctor or hospital where you are treated.  For the purposes of creating a listing on EagleFee,  you do not need to get your complete records.  If you went to the emergency room following your accident, ask for the ER record.  If you were admitted to the hospital obtain the admission and discharge report.  If you saw your own doctor following your injury, obtain the record of your first post-injury visit which should include a history of your complaints. If you have been issued an out of work slip,  that should be included.  Use your discretion, obviously if you have been told that a procedure such as an MRI demonstrates a significant injury attributable to your injury, that is a report you will want to post.

Redact personal information from medical reports.  Because medical reports are an attachment to your listing it is not necessary for them to contain personal information.  Remove all identifying information such as your name, address, social security number and anything else you don’t want to be made public.  Do not remove any pertinent medical information from the record.  Remember, the point of including this information in your listing is to give lawyers reviewing your case a sense of the extent of your injuries not a complete medical history.  The lawyer who ends up representing you or the insurance company investigating your claim will obtain substantially all of your relevant medical records, it is not necessary for you to do so.

3) Photographs can be a valuable addition to your listing.  Typically, it is best not to take photographs for the purpose of creating a listing.  Use photographs that have already been taken and,  hopefully,  by someone else. If someone took photos of your injuries those can be useful. Hospitals sometimes document injuries photographically.  Did your insurance company inspect your car or an accident scene?  If so, you may be able to obtain copies of these photos.  Police officers often take photographs as part of an investigation.  Again, like with medical reports, the point is to post representative photographs, not every picture taken. Only you can decide whether you are comfortable posting a particular picture; you may or may not want to post a photograph showing your face.

4)  Download information to your computer. Documents and photographs obtained online can easily be uploaded to the EagleFee site.  Hardcopies can  transferred to your computer with a scanner.  If you don’t have a scanner, most office supply or shipping stores can download documents to an inexpensive flash drive for minimal cost which you can then download to your computer.

5) Upload documents to the appropriate destination on the EagleFee Claim page.  Once all of the information is chosen, submit your claim by clicking the submit claim button!

 

 

 

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