What To Bring To Your First Visit With A Car Accident Lawyer
Whenever we speak to a potential client on the phone and decide to meet with them in person, the first question asked is what do I need to bring to our meeting? Below is what we tell our potential clients to bring to the first visit to the extent he or she has it in their possession at the time.
Car Accident Report
If you remembered to always call the police to the scene of an accident, you should make every effort to obtain a copy of the police report and bring it with you to your first meeting with your attorney. Usually these reports are prepared by all metro-Atlanta counties and municipalities within 3 business days of the wreck. Many departments will not charge you or charge a few dollar fee to provide you with a copy. If you have not obtained the report yet, let your lawyer know in advance of your first meeting. Often, your lawyer can obtain it quickly before your meeting.
Pictures Of The Damage To All Vehicles
Hopefully you were able to take pictures at the scene of the accident of not only your vehicle damage but the damage sustained to the other vehicle or vehicles involved in the accident. All is not lost however if you did not do so. Your attorney can go quickly after your first meeting to the salvage yard and obtain the necessary photos of the damage sustained to all vehicles.
Pictures Of Injuries Sustained
If you have sustained any injuries that are noticeable, hopefully you have taken or will take photographs of those injuries. If it has been a long time since the accident, these photos will be very helpful to your attorney. The injuries can be anything from bruising from a seat belt to broken bones to scarring.
List of All Places Where You Have Treated
Your lawyer will need to know everywhere you have already treated for your injuries. If the accident just occurred, likely you have only been to the emergency room and a follow-up visit. However, if you are meeting with a lawyer many months after the accident and have had significant treatment, you have been to many facilities. Bring a list of everywhere you recall going to be treated, including MRI facilities etc. This will help your lawyer move quicker in reaching out to each facility to request your medical records and billing statements. This is very important pieces of evidence for your case.
All Insurance Information
Bring with you to the first meeting your health insurance and auto insurance information. This can be as simple as a copy of your auto insurance card and your health insurance card. The auto insurance information is important so your lawyer can notify your own insurance company of the accident and obtain coverage information. There may be a need to seek compensation from your insurance company.
Additionally, if you have health insurance that is paying for your medical treatment, it will be important for your lawyer to have all the account information regarding this coverage. Your lawyer will need to contact the insurance company to work on its subrogation lien against your settlement or verdict. We discuss this topic in more detail in another article.
Any Other Information
If you have contact information for witnesses to the accident or have kept a journal about your injuries and how you have felt over time since the accident, bring this information with you to your first meeting with your lawyer. Also, bring any other information you feel would be helpful to discuss with your lawyer. You can never bring too much information.
Hopefully this article has provided you with a good sense of the information that would be helpful to bring with you to your first meeting with a car accident lawyer, whether or not it is someone at our firm or another car accident firm. The point of the first meeting is always two fold. First, for you to vet the lawyer in person to make sure he or she is a good fit for your accident case. Second, to provide the lawyer with all of the information and evidence currently available to start representing you effectively from the very beginning.