What To Expect When You Meet With A Personal Injury Attorney
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Sep 16, 2014 in Advice
There are many different reasons you would want to contact a personal injury lawyer. Whether you are injured because of another person’s negligence, you are in an accident, or a manufacturer’s defect, there is a process which you will have to go through in order to bring a lawsuit against those responsible.
A personal injury lawyer is your best resource for not only whether or not you have a case, but what you need to do in order to prepare for your case.
Even so, here are some tips to help you prepare to meet with an attorney.
When you meet with a personal injury attorney for the first time, you will be asked to tell your story, answer questions, and provide documents. The story you tell, the answers you give, and the documents you provide will all help the attorney or firm decide whether they will take your case or not. If you are not prepared for this meeting, it can be an expensive waste of your time as well as the attorney’s. Among the items you should bring with you to the meeting, even if a lawyer doesn’t ask for it, are:
- Copies of police reports or accident reports with details of your injuries
- Copies of hospital, doctor, or therapy records
- Medical bills
- Information about your insurance coverage
- Diagnosis and prognosis reports from your doctor
- Information about anticipated future medical bills
- Records of missed work due to injury
- A list of how your life has been affected by the injury
- A calendar of all the important dates relating to the injury
- Describe your interactions with insurance companies
- Copies of your correspondences with insurance companies
- Copies of any claims you’ve already filed with employer and insurance company
When meeting with a personal injury attorney, it is important to remember that you be completely honest and give them all of the information you have about the event. While they are the best resource to help you understand your options when you’ve been injured, only you can give them the information they need in order to serve you.