Let’s say you’re considering hiring a personal injury attorney . You’ve set up an appointment to meet and discuss your case, but you don’t know what kind of documents you should bring to the initial consultation.
Before your stress levels shoot through the roof, take a deep breath and relax, since this guide has been designed to walk you through everything, from A to Z.
It’s important for you to understand that the more information lawyers have regarding the details of your case - starting on day one - the more effective they will be in the long run. Bring anything and everything with you that could potentially be relevant to your case, even if you aren’t completely sure that it will be helpful. Good lawyers can help, even without a ton of supporting documentation, but there’s a much better chance you’ll receive your desired settlement when you’ve given your attorney a lot of material to work with.
The exact documents your personal injury attorney will need will vary based on your lawyer’s preferences and the nature of your case. There are, however, some basic things you can bring with you to make your consultation go smoother.
For starters, you’ll want to bring any documents relating to your injury and the incident that caused it. This includes things like days of missed work because of the accident, the police report, and medical bills.
Additional items include:
The first time you meet with a lawyer will be more of an exploratory session than anything else. After this first meeting, your lawyer will need time to go through all the details of your case, including injuries, damages, and cost of medical treatment, before assessing a realistic compensatory value to shoot for. Be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it will take some time to build a good case.
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