Chances are that meeting with an attorney is not high on your list of favorite ways to spend your time. Even more, looking to hire an attorney often means that something unpleasant, to say the least, is probably happening. Whether it be regarding a car crash, criminal charge, or divorce—it is important to understand what to know heading into that meeting. This article will focus on personal injury attorneys.
Now you may have given some basic information about you and your case before your appointment was scheduled but having specific information during the initial meeting is extremely helpful and makes the case go smoothly from the outset.
First, bring a copy of the Traffic Accident Report or exchange of information sheet, if you have it. Simply having the other driver’s name and insurance information, as well as your own auto insurance information is helpful. Similarly, having a copy of your health insurance card provides important information when your attorney is opening your client file.
Second, give your attorney all the relevant details about the incident. Such as, the streets and intersection you were on, the direction everyone was traveling, whether anyone made statements at the scene, which law enforcement agency responded and if there was an ambulance called. If your injuries were the result of a slip and fall type injury, let your attorney know what happened with as much detail as you can recall. If there are photos of the scene, that is even better. The more information your attorney has about what happened, the better prepared they will be accurately assess your claim and develop your Legal Gameplan.
Third, let your attorney know about any pre-existing injuries or conditions you have that involve the same body part(s) or if you have ever had any Work Comp claims before. Insurance companies love to argue that any injuries you received from the incident were not a result of the incident, but rather some prior injury or condition. The more your attorney knows about you, the better they can anticipate future defense arguments and can plan accordingly.
The bottom line is that your attorney will be working hard on your behalf, but we can’t do it alone. Providing important information to your attorney helps them help you.