If you have been injured in an accident and need legal representation, there are several things you can do before you meet with your personal injury attorney. In order to make preparing for your meeting easier, we’ve developed a checklist of things you might have and should bring with you to your meeting. This information will help an attorney decide whether or not they can take your case.
Accident Information: It is easy to forget important details about how the accident happened as time goes on. Please be sure you bring:
- A copy of any relevant insurance cards (car, motorcycle, RV)
- A copy of the police report
- Photographs – scene of the accident, vehicles involved, or injuries
Also, take a few minutes to write down:
- Where the accident happened (address or other characteristics that describe the location)
- The road conditions at the time of the accident (was it dark or light?, wet or dry? etc.)
- Contact information for the person who caused the accident
- Contact information for any passengers or witnesses
Medical Records: If you have received any medical care for the injuries you’ve suffered, please get a copy of the medical records. These documents will go a long way in proving your claim, and it is often easier to get a copy of the documents as you go along, rather than waiting until you have finished all of your medical care. Medical records include:
- Ambulance records
- Hospital records
- Doctors notes, charts and other records
- Radiology reports
- Diagnostic testing records
- Physical therapy records
Also, please be sure you bring any information you have about your health insurance and disability insurance. Your personal injury attorney can help explain how these benefits can be helpful after an accident.
Correspondence Relating to the Accident: If you have received letters from any insurance companies regarding the accident, your insurance benefits, or items that will be covered, be sure to bring that as well.
Wage Loss information: If you have missed work as a result of the accident, please bring:
- the 2 most recent pay stubs with your normal hours and compensation
- Contact information for your boss or supervisor
- Documentation of the time you have missed from work so far
Remember, this list is simply a tool to help you organize your thoughts and your documents. Please don’t stress if you don’t have everything; simply getting organized will make a big difference when you meet with your personal injury attorney.