If you experienced an injury and need to hire an attorney, the process will likely start with a phone consultation and then an in-person (or virtual) appointment. During the consultation, the injury lawyer should be asking questions about the incident, your health and the severity of the injury and how you have been treating. During the first meeting, the lawyer will need a bit more details from you so that they can begin to work on your claim.
There are five key things that your injury lawyer will need you to bring to that first appointment so that they can get to work:
- Any official reports from the incident that caused injury
- Names and contact information for any medical professionals that you treated with after the injury
- Medical bills and receipts for any medical supplies that you had to purchase
- Names and contact information for anyone who witnessed the injury
- Your insurance information
Official Reports from the Injury
If you were injured on the job, you may be covered by workers’ compensation. Documentation from your employer will help to make this case. Any report taken down by your supervisor or HR department will be important to share with your injury lawyer.
If you were injured due to someone’s negligence or as the result of a car accident, there may be a police report. Any documentation of the incident and your injuries will be important to bring to a meeting with your lawyer.
Names of Medical Professionals Treating the Injury
Whether you immediately went to the ER following an accident or injury, mentioned the issue to your primary care doctor, or were directed by an employer to see a medical provider, your lawyer needs to know. Treatment of the injury and diagnostic information will be a key part of your claim. If you are dealing with a workers compensation or car accident claim, it may matter which providers you treat with.
Medical Bills from the Injury
If you already sought out or were given treatment as a result of your injury or needed to purchase supplies to aid in your wellbeing as a result of your injury, you need to share that information with your lawyer. Bring any bills you’ve acquired so that they can review and evaluate them when determining the total compensation you are owed.
Names of Witnesses to the Injury
If you were injured in the workplace and your employer or supervisor took down a report, they may have also identified witnesses to the injury who can affirm when and how you were hurt. This information is important to share with your injury lawyer.
Similarly, if you were injured in a car accident or as a result of negligence and there were witnesses to the issue, they can help identify fault. Your lawyer may need to speak with witnesses or reference witness statements when building your claim.
Injured Party’s Insurance Information
It’s important to allow your injury lawyer to review your health insurance information. If you were injured at work and obtain your health insurance through your employer, it’s important to notify your injury lawyer of that information. If you were involved in a car accident, they will also need to review your car insurance information. Insurance policies and coverage can factor into the compensation that you are owed.
Ready to Schedule?
If you’ve gathered your documents and information and are ready to speak to an injury lawyer, you can call 1-800-HURT-NOW anytime to schedule with one of our talented attorneys. Georgelis Injury Law Firm will walk you through all of the steps of filing a claim and fight for your compensation.