What to bring to a meeting with a personal injury lawyer?
If you were hurt in an accident, you probably have pain, are under stress and are generally overwhelmed by it all. Hiring a good personal injury attorney is a vital step to getting your life back.
After you have hired your attorney, you will need to go to meet with him to discuss the case in detail. We understand that meeting an attorney for the first time can be scary, but it really doesn’t need to be that way. Below is a list of documents that you should bring with you. That way your first meeting with your attorney will be as productive as possible.
Before you get in your car and drive to the attorney’s office, you should be sure you have all documents that relate to your case. While all cases are different, most personal injury cases are bolstered by some of the same documents. The most important item is a police report that should have been completed at the accident scene. If you do not have a copy, you should contact your local police department and get one.
Also, bring all medical records and bills, along with paperwork that relate to your diagnosis or condition. These may include discharge papers from the hospital or the ER. If you do not have all of these medical documents yet, you should make a list of healthcare practitioners that have provided your treatments. Later, you will need to sign a medical authorization so your attorney can access these important medical documents.
If you have pictures from the accident scene, such as the position of the vehicles involved in the crash, or your accident injuries, be sure you bring those. You also should have the VIN or license plate numbers of the vehicles involved. Pictures of injuries as they heal over time are usually very helpful.
If you have lost work time, you should bring documents that show the amount of work time lost, and what your rate of pay or salary is. A letter from your employer that you have lost work time also is helpful.
Also bring your medical and auto insurance information. You might bring copies of the policies themselves, the ID cards and any other relevant information, such as insurance company letters of the other driver’s insurance policy related to the claim.
If available, bring a list of witnesses, their names and contact information. The police may not have gotten this information, so it will be helpful if you have it.
Write a Statement
Another thing that you should bring to your meeting is a statement about the accident. This should be written as soon as possible after the accident. It should include all details – from how the accident happened, vehicles involved, the weather, time of day, and anything the other driver(s) said to you after the crash. A detailed statement about what happened in the accident can be very useful as the case goes forward.