When meeting with an attorney for a personal injury consultation, there are a few things you should bring with you to help your attorney. In order for your attorney to make the most accurate evaluation of your injury case, you will want to give them all the relevant information you can. In order to have the most accurate information on hand you need to bring a variety of documents with you from your home or the hospital. These seven documents can be valuable to your attorney during a personal injury consultation:
- Medical records. If your personal injury case involves you suffering a substantial injury, you probably received medical treatment from a doctor, clinic, or emergency care facility. Wherever you went, you should have received records from your medical provider detailing the procedures performed, the cost of your treatment, and contact information for the medical professionals who treated you. Though you have a right to your own medical records, you will have to sign a medical records release form in order to obtain them.
- Receipts. If you claim you’ve paid certain expenses that were caused by or related to your injury, you should save those receipts and bring them to your personal injury consultation.
- Insurance policy information. Be sure to bring your insurance policy information. Your attorney can help you figure out what things are and aren’t covered by your insurance policies, but only if they have access to your insurance policy information.
- Correspondence with the other party. Supplying your lawyer with records of your correspondence with the other party in your case can be very important for any settlement offers. Try to supply the attorney with any possible records of correspondence that you have, including voicemails, emails, letters, texts, or even Facebook messages.
- Police report. You may have a police report related to your injuries, for instance if your claim involves a car accident. A police report can be helpful in many ways, so you should obtain a police report and bring it to your consultation. Call your local agency and request a police report. Some agencies require that you appear in person to pick up the report, while others will mail a copy of the report to you at no charge.
- Paystubs. Your claim may involve recovering damages for missed work, or for permanently diminished earning capacity. If so, you need to bring prior paystubs to allow your attorney to properly calculate your potential damages.
- Any “legal-looking” documents. Documents you have received with a law-firm’s letterhead are often relevant to your case, for instance if you were served with a complaint by another party, or sent a cease-and-desist notice. These are important to bring to your consultation, because your attorney will want to know why certain parties are suing or threatening you.
Do your best to supply every relevant document you can. Don’t risk showing up for your consultation unprepared, and wasting a potentially free consultation. The more prepared you are, the more accurate and helpful your consultation will be.