Our Investigative Process
Before you can maximize your compensation, you need to have the facts. At R.C. Shea & Associates, our lawyers specialize in the investigative process.
When building your personal injury case, we leave no stone unturned. We take special pride in our ability to uncover facts, gather evidence and build strong claims for damages.
Although every accident is different, the following are common steps we take when investigating personal injury cases:
- Obtaining and reviewing police reports and accident reports
- Using experts to reconstruct the scene of the accident
- Questioning witnesses
- Taking photographs of the accident scene, property damage and physical injuries
- Obtaining medical records
- Interviewing EMTs, doctors and other treating providers
- Consulting with medical experts
- Consulting with forensic accountants
- Analyzing insurance policies and communicating with insurance carriers
This process is unique to our firm, and provides our clients with a leg up during settlement negotiations and at trial.
Why Is The Investigative Process Important?
In New Jersey, the compensation you receive after an accident is directly tied to your percentage of fault. If you were more than 50 percent responsible for the accident, you cannot recover. Even if you were less than 50 percent liable, your compensation award will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you are found to be 30 percent responsible, your compensation will be reduced by 30 percent.
Your ability to obtain compensation hinges upon your ability to prove the other party was at fault. Proving fault requires clear and compelling evidence that can only be obtained through diligent investigation of the facts.
Contact R.C. Shea & Associates
If you were injured in an accident, contact our firm. Accident scenes are quickly cleared, evidence disappears and witnesses’ memories become foggy. Do not wait to get legal help. Call 800-556-SHEA (7432) to speak with one of our lawyers in a free consultation.