If you have been injured in an accident, whether it be a car accident, slip and fall, or something else, and you have scheduled a first meeting with a personal injury attorney, congratulations on taking an important step to protecting your legal right to recover compensation for your injuries. Sometimes, taking the time to find a lawyer and schedule a meeting can seem beyond your limits after being injured in an accident and having so much on your plate all at once. Know that a knowledgeable, experienced personal injury attorney is actually there to make your life easier. They are there to protect your legal rights and fight for your right to monetary compensation. In order to make the initial lawyer meeting most productive, as well as ease any nervousness or anxiety you may have about the meeting, being prepared is critical. This includes gathering relevant documentation and supplying it to your attorney at this first meeting.
First Meeting With a Personal Injury Lawyer? What to Bring
Evidence forms the foundation of any legal case, civil or criminal. A personal injury case is no different. If you were injured due to the negligence of another, you have a right to seek compensation for the harm you have suffered. You must first, however, be able to prove that another person was negligent and that their negligence caused you harm. Because this is what must be proven in your case, there is documentation you can supply to your personal injury attorney at your initial meeting that can help him or her get a better understanding of your case, your injuries, and what is still needed to establish your case at its greatest strength.
To prove another person was negligent, you must have evidence of negligent action or inaction, a violation of a duty owed. In car accident cases, this will likely involve the accident report that details the events that led to collision. It may also include documentation of any traffic tickets that were given out. Witness testimony can also be compelling in establishing fault in an injury claim. Bring things such as the accident or incident report to your first lawyer meeting. Also, if you took any pictures at the scene, bring those as well. If you gathered names and contact information for any witnesses, you should bring these also.
Proof of damages will also be important to your case. If you have any records of the damages you suffered thus far due to the accident, bring them with you to your meeting with your attorney. This will include things like property damage estimates. It will also likely include medical bills you have already received. Furthermore, if you have access to any copies of your medical records that were generated as a result of receiving treatment or evaluation of your accident injuries, bring those as well. It will help your attorney get a clearer picture of the extent of your injuries.
You will also want to bring insurance information in for yourself as well as the at-fault party. Should you have received any correspondence from an insurance company, be sure to bring that in as well. If the insurance companies have contacted you via phone, please note that to your attorney.
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