At Jeff GOULD Law, we understand that the prospect of meeting with an attorney for the first time can be an anxiety-provoking experience. Whether you have been in a car accident, experienced a fall, or been bitten by a dog, the process of recovering compensation can feel daunting at best. While your attorney will leverage their experience and education when representing you, the information you provide is critical for them to develop your case. The simple fact is, if you’ve been injured, consulting with a personal injury attorney to fight for your rights is a good decision. In fact, statistics show that personal injury victims recovered 2 to 3 times more money when represented by an attorney. Even so, it is difficult to prepare for your first meeting with an attorney. Remember that the more you bring with you, the sooner your case can be initiated. Here is a quick reference of what you should prepare for your appointment.
It’s important to know the location or address of the incident. For an auto accident, bring cross street information if available. For other types of injuries, have the exact address of where your injury took place for your attorney. If any photos were taken, have them with you as well as an accident or incident report if one was provided. An Arizona Crash Report (can be obtained online for free or for a small fee (depending upon the police agency) at http://www.azdps.gov/services/records/. If you fell in a place of business, have pictures of the area you fell, along with a description of the hazard that caused the fall, and an incident report filled out by the business.
Date, Time and Documentation
Bring any and all details about the incident or accident with you to your first meeting. Obviously, photos and reports as previously mentioned. But also:
- Pay Stubs if any work was missed
- If there were any witnesses, provide their contact information
- If vehicles were involved, have vehicle identification, including VIN numbers and auto insurance
- A record of mileage to and from related physician appointments, hospital visits, and physical therapy appointments
- Your health insurance information (Including declaration page and identification cards)
- Any other relevant information
Detailing your injuries with thorough documentation is vital to recovering maximum damages.
Have a complete list of injuries available, as well as any cost estimates for treatment. Bring medical records, or bills as well as the names and addresses of your medical providers. When you visit a physician or specialist, it would be good practice to collect their business card, so you have their contact information for your attorney. Another good policy is to take weekly photographs of your injuries while healing.
Any Related Correspondence You Recieve
It is typical in an injury case for an insurance company representing either the at-fault party or yourself to reach out to you. If you are working with representation, it is important not to speak with anyone regarding the case other than your attorney. In fact, at Jeff GOULD Law – once we send the insurance company an attorney representation letter – they can not talk to or contact you ever again. Remember, insurance companies do not have all the facts about your case, and a common tactic is to send a check for a lowball amount in the hopes that you will cash it. Never sign anything or deposit any checks before speaking with your lawyer. Be sure to bring all letters and email correspondence as well as any form of communication you receive from any insurance company to your first meeting.
Your List of Questions
Anyone going through a personal injury case is going to have questions. Keep a list of them written down to bring with you. Your attorney is there to be on your side, and in your corner. They will let you know what to expect and provide you with peace of mind knowing that all of your questions have been answered.
The Attorney In You Corner
At Jeff GOULD Law, we know that dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be a daunting and stressful time. If you don’t have all of the information listed available for your free initial consultation, we’ll help you to obtain it. If you’ve been injured in the Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, or Sahuarita areas, contact us today. We’ll help put your mind at ease and fight for your right to the compensation you deserve.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this blog/site is NOT, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. It is for general informational use only. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. Further, this information does not create an attorney-client relationship.