If you decide to hire a lawyer and pursue a personal injury case, you shouldcome prepared the first time you meet with your lawyer.
By collecting documents that can help your lawyer prove that you were the victim of negligence, you can begin to work together to put pressure on the defendant’s insurance company to compensate you fairly for your injury.
The documents you should bring to your first meeting include the following:
- Photographs of the scene of your accident taken as soon as possible after the accident, as evidence favorable to your case may quickly change or disappear
- Written eyewitness accounts of your accident, if possible
- Medical records, bills and photographs, including a list of medications and anticipated future medical costs
- Insurance information, including the company, policy number, name of your agent, and any correspondence with insurance adjusters or other representatives of the insurance company
- A written letter from your doctor(s) describing the extent and seriousness of your injury
- Records that prove the time and wages lost from work due to your injury
- A timeline that shows the date of the accident and other significant events such as surgery
As when doing anything important, it is vital that you prepare when pursuing a legal case. Collecting these documents helps your personal injury lawyer prepare for your case — and demonstrates to the insurance company that you are serious and ready if necessary go to court.