When you schedule your initial consultation with a personal injury attorney, you want to get the most out of that consultation. Even if it is cost-free, the consultation appointment is critical. It is an opportunity for your attorney to get to know your claim – and to determine if it is viable – while allowing you to get to know the attorney and his or her operating style.
It is likely that you will be given a list of items to bring along with you. As you gather this information, you will want to make sure that you are thorough and do not leave any critical documents at home; after all, just one document could make a difference.
Items to Bring to Your Consultation
- Medical Records – A personal injury lawsuit hinges on your injury; therefore, you need to bring along medical records. These records will establish the existence and extent of the injury, the treatments you have endured, and any medications you may be taking. It also will highlight your prognosis – including any pending future treatments or permanent injury. Lastly, your medical records will highlight the overall costs of your treatment. You will want to gather all records from attending physicians, as well as the hospitals where you received treatment for your injuries.
- Receipts – You need to collect and bring all receipts pertaining to your injury. This includes receipts for medical treatments, Explanations of Benefits from your existing insurer, receipts for prescription medications, and any other out-of-pocket expenses you have encountered as part of your injury or recovery.
- Correspondence – If you have received any correspondence from the other party (including insurer or attorney), you will need to bring copies of that correspondence as well as any correspondence you have sent in response.
- Police Reports – While not admissible in court due to hearsay rules, a police report still helps an attorney understand what happened. If your case involved a car, motorcycle or truck accident, you should have a police report filed with the local city where the accident occurred.
- Insurance Information – Your attorney will need to determine what was covered by health or auto insurance and which items your insurer will request reimbursement for, should your claim be successful. This also helps your attorney better estimate your overall settlement needs.
- Paycheck Stubs – If you have missed work due to injury recovery or treatments, you need to claim lost wages in your lawsuit. Lost wages are established by comparing your current wages and hours to what you made before the lawsuit. If you can no longer work because of your injury, you will need to bring proof of your earnings before the injury.
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