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How Should I Prepare For My First Meeting With A Lawyer About My Potential Injury Claim?

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2017 | FAQ

Whether you were injured by an act of medical negligence or as the result
of another driver’s negligence, meeting with an attorney following
an injury is one of the first things you need to do. But many people like
you have never had to meet with a lawyer before and might not know what
to bring to their first meeting. This is why we feel it is important to
answer your questions so we can help you as well as others facing the
same situation prepare for their first appointment with an attorney.

When preparing to meet with a lawyer you have hired or are thinking about
hiring, it is important to come prepared so that you can make the most
of the appointment. Here are some ways you can prepare for your first meeting.

What to Bring to Your First Meeting With an Attorney

When you are meeting with an attorney about a
car accident claim, you should come prepared with the following:

  • Police report. If you were injured in an auto accident, you should request a copy of the
    incident report filled out by a police officer.
  • Auto insurance card. Your attorney can look at your auto insurance coverage to determine if
    you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage or other coverages that
    may help you collect the maximum compensation.
  • Health insurance card. Medical bills can add up quickly following an injury, and it may make sense
    to have your medical expenses covered by your health insurance benefits
    until the other side agrees to cover your expenses.
  • Evidence. If you have any photographs of your damaged car or the injuries you sustained,
    bring them with you. Additionally, if you have contact information of
    witnesses, bring this information.

When you are meeting with an attorney to discuss a possible medical malpractice
lawsuit, bring the following documents:

  • Medical records. If you have any medical records pertaining to the time just prior to or
    after the act of malpractice as well as other documents related to the
    incident, please bring them with you to the meeting.
  • Notes. Sometimes information can get foggy in one’s mind as time goes on,
    so it is important to write down as much information as possible in the
    moments and days following the incident and bring your notes with you.

By coming prepared to your appointment, the attorney can get a better understanding
of your case and will have some of the basic information and necessary
documents to start pursuing your claim. Just remember to be honest and
tell the attorney the truth about the incident and to come prepared with
questions for the attorney as well. If you would like a free consultation
with our law firm, please contact us today.