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

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.


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