Starting on the Right Foot: What to Bring to First Meeting with My Attorney

If you have been injured in a crash or are seeking a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one, you will likely need an attorney. It’s important to provide your attorney with all the appropriate documents so your lawyer can review your case and determine how to proceed.

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To get started right away, gather as much information as possible, and bring it to your first meeting with a lawyer. Be sure to show your attorney the following documents:

  • Accident Information
  • Contact Information for Witnesses
  • Police Reports and Officers’ Names
  • Employment Information
  • Insurance Records
  • Medical Records

Read on for specific advice on the types of material that will be most helpful to get your attorney up to speed so you can reach a settlement or pursue a civil suit.

Accident Information

Record the crash’s time and date, the weather and road conditions, and a description of how events unfolded. It’s a good idea to do this as quickly as possible before you forget any details.

If you took photos of the scene, it is wise to share these with your lawyer as well.

Contact Information for Witnesses

Witnesses could include other people in your car or bystanders who saw the crash. Once the scene is safe, ask if they saw what happened and record their contact information. Your attorney may need their help when proving your case.

If you have gotten the name and contact information of other people involved in the crash, talk to your lawyer first. This step is especially important before speaking with another party or their insurance company. Once you hire an attorney, they will be able to answer on your behalf.

Police Reports and Officers’ Names

Bring a copy of the accident report and the names or badge numbers of any law enforcement officers who responded to the crash. If you do not have a police report, tell your lawyer which police department responded to the accident – they may be able to find the report.

Employment Information

In addition to costs related to your medical treatment and car repairs, you may seek damages to compensate you for lost wages if the crash prevented you from working. Bring a pay stub or other employment records to your first meeting to help your attorney calculate the amount of missed payments you may seek.

Insurance Records

Have your insurance card handy, and keep any letters sent from your insurance company. Keep records of any correspondence from the other party’s insurance company so your lawyer may review them as well.

Medical Records

Write down descriptions of your injuries and take photographs of them. If you received medical attention and have your medical records, bring your medical records to your first meeting with your attorney.

Remember to bring copies of your bills and any letters of a lien enforced on you due to medical treatment. Record the names of the physicians who administered your treatment as well.

What Happens Next?

Often it is important to seek legal representation quickly, even if you do not have every document in place for your first meeting with an attorney. A fast response is sometimes more important than having everything in order.   It never hurts to consult.

Medical records can take time to track down, but your lawyer can help you collect all the information you will need to present a cohesive and compelling case. Once your attorney has the records, they will be able to evaluate your case and help you decide how to pursue the maximum amount of damages.

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