During your first meeting with an injury attorney, your lawyer will want to hear about what happened, and he or she will discuss certain items and details with you. He or she will collect information including facts about your medical treatment, others involved in the accident, potential witnesses, and more.
What to Expect
Here are some items that a personal injury attorney might examine during your first meeting:
• Any applicable insurance coverage.
• If you have any photos to back up your claim
• Existence or availability of any witnesses
• How soon after the accident did you seek medical treatment?
• Did you go to the ER?
• Did you follow up with your family doctor?
• If you have talked to any insurance adjustors and if so, what you have said and whether you provided a recorded or written statement about the accident or injury.
• If anyone else has interviewed you about the accident or your injuries, and if so, with whom you spoke and the details of what was discussed.
• If you have any pre-existing or any subsequent injuries
• If you have shared your injuries on social media.
• If it isn’t evident by looking at you, they may ask about the current status of your injuries — whether you are in pain, what your prognosis is, etc.
• Whether or not a factual investigation is necessary before a lawsuit is filed or a settlement is considered.
Getting a Consultation
Accident lawsuits are often complex affairs, involving evidence gathering, expert witnesses, and a detailed knowledge of negligence law. Because of this, it’s important for accident victims to find an attorney who’s experienced in personal injury cases.
If you have questions about personal injury cases or would like more information about how to file a personal injury claim, contact Hancock Injury Attorneys at 813-602-7849.