Personal Injury Case Checklist

 Keep yourself organized with this Personal Injury Case Checklist

We use this checklist in our Personal Injury Paralegal Boot Camp as a starting point for getting your personal injury cases organized.  Many of the forms and templates that are part of this checklist are also downloadable forms and templates in the course.  Use this as a “master table of contents” so that all of your important documents and forms are in one place (preferably on the computer!).

Before you start writing all of this down on paper – see below for the Microsoft Word version to download.

1 Intake Form completed  

2 Personal Injury Questionnaire completed  

3 Contingency Fee Agreement signed

 
4 HIPAA Authorization AND Wage/Salary forms signed (extra originals)

 
5 Order Accident report

 
6 Calendar the Statute of Limitations (with advance reminders)

 
7 Medical Records ordered (separate list of providers)  

8 Open up a paper file  

9 Open up computer file in the case management system  

10

Obtain Witness Information

ᴑ     See separate Witness Checklist  

11

Photographs

ᴑ     Client’s vehicle

ᴑ     Other vehicle(s) involved

ᴑ     Client injuries

ᴑ     Other property damage, if applicable

12

Property damage estimates

ᴑ    Client’s vehicle

ᴑ    Other vehicle(s)

13

Spoliation letters

ᴑ     To adjuster and defendant re: photographs and damage estimates

ᴑ     To adjuster, defendant and towing co re: vehicle

14

Insurance information requests

ᴑ    Liability insurance of defendant(s)

ᴑ    UM (Client’s and all passengers in client’s vehicle)

ᴑ    UM (All vehicles owned by client)

ᴑ    Health insurance

15

Liens and Subrogation, if applicable

ᴑ     Medicare

ᴑ     Medicaid

ᴑ     Tricare

ᴑ     Federal Employee Benefits Act

16 Open Records Requests  

17 Certified copy of guilty plea or bond forfeiture

 
18 Medical Status Updates calendared – see template for MSUs  

19

Review and sign off on Medical Records Notebook

ᴑ     See separate List for requirements

20 Medical Narrative prepared, if applicable

 
21

Physician/Attorney meeting or telephone conference when at MMI

ᴑ     Medical records scanned and burned to CD for physician; or

ᴑ     Copy of medical records to physician

ᴑ     Doctor’s Meeting Checklist complete  

22

Demand drafted for attorney review

ᴑ     See separate “Demand Checklist”  

Get the Microsoft Word version of this Personal Injury Case Checklist so that you can easily edit and customize it to your needs.

About the Author

Paralegal BlogAnn Pearson is the Founder of the Paralegal Boot Camp, specializing in training for paralegals that focuses on the important paralegal skills not taught in certificate programs. 

Ann started her paralegal career as a litigation paralegal and then was a manager of paralegals for many years prior to starting her own company in 2010.  When she’s not working, you can usually find her somewhere near an ocean – either scuba diving, boating, cleaning up a beach, or volunteering to help save sea turtles.

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