If you have suffered a personal injury and are visiting your attorney for the first time, you may wonder what you need to bring to your first appointment. This article will explain what you need to bring with you to the personal injury law firm.
At your first appointment, your attorney will try to determine if you have a valid claim to seek compensation. For this reason, it is very important that you bring all pertinent information with you to your first appointment.
Write out a detailed description of what happened, who was involved and any potential witnesses. When writing out your description, answer the questions- who, what, when, where, why and how. By answering all of these questions, your attorney will have all of the information that he/she needs to determine whether you have a valid claim.
Taking photographs when the accident occurs will help you prove what happened. If it was a car accident, take photographs of your car, the other car involved and pictures of the skid marks found at the scene of the accident. If the accident was caused by a spill at your work or another place of business, make sure to take multiple photographs of the area, showing whether the proper warning signs were in place. Take photographs from multiple angles, including the area around the accident.
Whenever you have are involved in an accident, there will be bills associated with medical treatments. If you were transported to the hospital via an ambulance, you will have bills from the ambulance service. At the emergency room, several physicians may see you and numerous test be ordered. Each of these will be billed separately and should be included in the paperwork you bring to your appointment. Additionally, you may be required to follow up with your physician, a specialist or a surgeon. If you had to seek physical therapy, there will also be bills from this service. All of these will need to be brought to your appointment. Keep a folder and place all bills as they arrive in it. Finally, contact your health insurance company and request copies of all the bills that they have received.
The last thing that you should bring to your appointment is a copy of all of your medical records. You can get these by contacting the emergency room, hospital and physicians or surgeons that you visited because of your accident. These records should include doctors’ notes, test results from any x-rays, CT scans, MRIs or ultrasounds. Finally, include all lab test reports. These medical records will be used to help show how badly the accident truly was to the court system.
When you have been injured through no fault of your own, you have a right to seek compensation. A personal injury law firm will help you petition the courts, file a claim and receive the compensation you deserve. Use the information listed above to help you know what to bring to your first appointment.