Preparing for Your First Meeting With Your Personal Injury Lawyer
In a previous article, I discussed the qualities you should look for in a personal injury attorney (trial experience, previous work with personal injury cases, a successful track record, etc). Once you have found the right lawyer, you will meet with him or her.
At the initial meeting, you should provide your attorney with as much evidence and information regarding your case as you can. Properly documenting police reports, medical reports, damage reports, photos, and/or eye-witness accounts allows for a stronger case. Make sure to bring all correspondence from any insurance company. Make sure to bring a copy of the “declarations page” for any insurance policy that you may have had in force. (The “declarations page” shows what types of coverage you had purchased and the amounts of coverage.)
The more documents that you can give your lawyer at the beginning of your case, the faster your lawyer can get your case moving. Ultimately, this will yield a faster, and perhaps larger, settlement.