As an injury lawyer, we offer free consultations for those that have been hurt in an accident. This is an important first step to take when pursuing financial damages to compensate for your injuries. It is important to note that this consultation is an opportunity for us both to interview each other. We invite you to ask us questions so that you can become familiar with the process, what to expect, and our approach. Simultaneously, we will be asking a variety of questions to learn more about your case and determine what the best path forward is, including whether or not our firm will proceed in representing you at this particular time.
Consultations typically last for thirty minutes to an hour or longer. This can often depend on what information you bring, how many questions you have, and how complicated your case is. We recommend bringing some information with you in order to help us get a full picture of what transpired and where the case is at currently.
Here is what you should bring to a consultation with an injury lawyer:
- Police report. If possible, bring a copy of the police report from the accident. This will provide us with a lot of the information that we need and show whether or not anyone received a ticket for the accident. If you don't have a copy, you can get one by requesting it from the police department.
- Pictures. If you have taken any photos of your car, the accident scene or anything else that would indicate what happened or the extent of the damages – bring them. This will help us to visualize what took place.
- Medical records. Bring any medical records that you have so that we can quickly review information on your injuries. This will show the extent of the treatments you have been receiving and provide pertinent information about your ongoing care. If we become your lawyer, we will review your records in further detail at a later date but this is a good starting point.
- Insurance information. Bring a copy of your insurance policy and any information or correspondence you have from your insurance carrier or the other party's. We need this information to see what the coverages are on your policy and to communicate with them in the future. If you have already been assigned a claim number, bring that as well.
- Paystubs. If you are missing time from work, you may have a lost wages claim. In order to determine the value of this, we will want to see pay stubs or W2s in order to show what the full financial loss to you has been and could be in the future.
- Receipts. If you have had to pay for any expenses out of pocket such as a rental car, medical bills, medication, etc., bring those receipts with you so that we can include them with your claim for damages.
As an injury lawyer, our job is to ask questions and review the information that you bring so that we can make an informed recommendation on how you should proceed with your case. If you have been injured, we invite you to call and schedule your consultation today.