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Seven Things you should bring to a Personal Injury Case Initial Consultation

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One of the things many people never keep in mind when going for their personal injury consultation is the need to prepare so they don’t show up empty-handed. Understand that your consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney is an extremely important meeting that needs proper preparation on your end. Ensuring you’re well prepared will allow you to provide your potential lawyer with the needed information so he or she can accurately evaluate your personal injury case.

While your lawyer and his team will handle everything that pertains to legal research, it’s important that you bring with you several things to ensure your personal injury consultation goes smoothly.

Bring with you a List of all the Questions you’d like to Ask

Why not spend some time taking note of the questions you have about your personal injury case beforehand? Asking questions not only helps you get to know the lawyer you’re dealing with, but also informs you whether he or she is the right fit for your case. Of course, your potential lawyer will use the initial consultation to make an assessment of your case and determine its strengths and weaknesses. On the other hand, you need to be prepared with questions so you can know if you can move forward with your lawsuit. The questions you ask will help you make the right decisions.

Provide Medical Records

One type of documentation you need to bring during your personal injury case initial consultation is your medical records. This may include medical assistance information, contact information of medical specialists involved, description of the treatment, and medical bills. Note that the your past, present, and future bills of treatment will determine the damages awarded. You might be required to collect some of the medical records from the medical facilities you visited for treatment or examination. Your medical records are often used to determine whether or not your case is substantial.

Police Reports

Your personal injury attorney will need police information and reports, especially if the law enforcement officers were involved in any way. It’s a good to get a report from the police before coming for your consultation. Remember your attorney needs as much information as possible on pertaining to the incident.

Photos and other Evidence from the Incident

If there are any photos from the scene where the accident occurred, it’s important that you bring them with you to your consultation. Any evidence that’s linked to the scene of injury should be brought. This may include contact details of any person who might have been present when you got the injury. Your lawyer will determine whether or not the evidence you have is relevant and admissible to your personal injury case.

Receipts

Perhaps, as a result of the injury, you had to purchase some medical equipment, special clothing, or any other item to support your in-home care. If this is the case, you should remember to bring all the receipts and proof of payment for those items. Once your attorney has determined they are relevant and admissible, the receipts will be claimed as additional expenses.

Records of Correspondence with any party involved

Records of correspondence, in this case, means emails, voicemail messages, text messages or any legal documents from a possible defendant in your case. Your layer needs to have an idea of the people you’ve been able to talk to and what they have said.

Paystubs

If, as a result of the accident, you couldn’t be able to go to work or you diminished your earning capacity, consider bringing with you prior paystubs so you lawyer can calculate your potential damages.

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