How to Prepare for Your First Visit With a Personal Injury Lawyer
It’s very easy for a person injured in an accident to fall into debt because of hospital bills, lost wages, and permanent physical damage. A personal injury lawyer can help bring a person and their family out of the depths of debt through solid arguments that combat low-paying insurance companies or uninsured parties at fault of the accident.
However, before delving into a case with a personal injury lawyer, you’ll have to have your first official visit with your attorney. This first official visit is extremely important to your case and helps get your family one step closer to the compensation it deserves.
Let’s take a closer look at how you and your family should approach this first visit and how the right questions and information can bring in some welcome light at the end of a dark tunnel.
Be Ready to Discuss Your incident
As traumatic as your accident may have been, you must be prepared to discuss the incident with your lawyer. If necessary, bring along a family member or friend that was with you at the time of the accident. They can help fill in any blanks you may have or even provide your lawyer with information that may be sensitive for you to address at the time of your meeting.
Answering Your Lawyer’s Questions
Your injury lawyer will ask you several personal questions. Remember that they are doing so because your answers will only strengthen your case as they begin to build it. Some of the most common questions a personal injury lawyer will ask include:
- What injuries and health problems resulted from the accident?
- How have your injuries affected your employment status?
- Do you have healthcare insurance coverage?
- What actions did you take directly after the accident (i.e. calling the authorities, documenting the scene, reaching out to your insurance company)
Bring All Necessary Documentation
Come to your personal injury visit prepared with as much documentation about your accident as possible. First-hand recollections are great for serving the emotional aspects of your case, but documentation provides concrete evidence that you and your family require more compensation than you’ve been offered.
Some examples of essential documentation are:
- Copies of the police report from the scene of the accident
- Photographs of the accident
- Photographs of your injuries
- Medical records from hospital visits after the accident
- Copies of medical bills
- Pay stubs
- Documentation proving missed workdays
- Documentation of any insurance correspondence you’ve had between the accident date and your first attorney meeting
Create a List of Important Questions
Your visit with your personal injury lawyer is also the perfect time to get all of your own questions answered. The legal process involving personal injuries can seem complex on the surface, so come prepared to clear the air about their experience and how to approach compensation for your personal injuries.
Some of the most common questions to ask your personal injury lawyer include:
- Have you handled a case like mine before? What was the outcome?
- Do you typically take all of your cases to court?
- Is it possible for my case to be handled outside of court?
- How often will we have to communicate for the case?
- What do you think the best outcome of my case could be?
Reap the Compensation You’re Owed with Genthe Law Firm
If you or a loved one were recently injured in an accident, and the other individual or their insurance company isn’t willing to grant you the compensation you deserve, it’s time to reach out to a personal injury lawyer.
The legal team at Genthe Law Firm is Dallas’s go-to resource for help with personal injury litigation. We are well-versed in using your documentation and personal accounts to craft a winning case against insurance companies that only want to provide the minimum payout for your pain and suffering.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a member of our firm.