If you have been injured in an accident due to another person’s negligence, contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer can be an important part of the recovery process. You may be eligible to recover compensation for your medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other damages suffered.
Below, our Windsor personal injury lawyers go over a variety of information you may discuss in your initial consultation. The information you bring with you helps your lawyer gain a better understanding of your situation and the merits of your claim. Consultations at our firm are free and there is no obligation to pursue legal action.
Copy of Police/Accident Report
If a police or accident report was filed, be sure to bring a copy to your meeting. This report can be useful to your claim because it is a written statement from the objective viewpoint of the responding officer. It may help in identifying the potential party or parties responsible for your injury as well as provide contact information for their insurance providers.
Having photos of the accident scene, any visible injuries, and personal property damage can help your injury lawyer get a clearer account of the incident and the harm you endured. It is also important to continue taking photos of your injuries as they change over time and to date the pictures if possible.
Medical Records and Related Bills
If you suffered an injury that required medical care, bring along copies of your medical records and medical bills related to the accident. Your medical records can help show the type and extent of your injuries from any hospital that treated you and/or any doctor that you met with and obtained treatment from. Your injury lawyer will need to know about your medical condition before and after the accident to help demonstrate how the accident has changed your quality of life.
Your medical expenses will also help show the amount of medical care and treatment you have required since your injury. Be sure to bring bills and related receipts for:
- Hospital stays
- Ambulance services
- Emergency visits
- Surgery costs
- Physical therapy services
- Prescription medications
- Assistive medical equipment
- Transportation to and from doctor visits
Lost Wages Documentation
You may have missed time from work because you were recovering from your injuries. Some victims miss a few days, while others miss weeks or months, resulting in lost wages. In other instances, your injury may be severe enough that you are unable to return to work at all.
We recommend bringing copies of your most recent pay stubs, bank records, and any other financial information that may be relevant. This could include documentation that shows accrued benefits you had to use after the accident, such as paid time off or sick days.
Any Witness Statements
If there were witnesses present at the time of the accident, bring in any witness statements and their contact information. This way your injury lawyer will know how to get in touch with a witness later to go over details you may not have seen when you were injured.
Insurance companies play a big part in injury claims, whether you are communicating with your own insurer after an accident or the other party’s insurance provider. Your injury lawyer will need to see documents that explain your insurance coverage and your policy limits. If you have multiple insurance policies, such as health care coverage or disability coverage, be sure to also bring those to the meeting.
List of Questions to Ask
Aside from documentation, it is important to prepare a list of questions to ask your injury lawyer about the legal process. Some things you may want to ask include the following:
- How much experience do you have in personal injury law?
- How much of your practice is dedicated to these types of cases?
- Will you or someone else be handling my case?
- What problems do you foresee with my case?
- How will you bill me for using your services?
- How long will it take to resolve my case?
- What can I do to help maximize the value of my claim?
Contact Our Legal Team to Learn More
Gathering information related to your accident and injuries can help your injury lawyer understand the particulars of your situation.
Let our legal team determine the legal options that may be available to you during a 100 percent free consultation. If we represent you, we do not charge any legal fees until you recover compensation.
Call (866) 320-4770 to get started. We are available 24/7 to take your call.