Personal Injury Consultation Checklist: What to Bring to Your Appointment

Most personal injury attorneys offer a free initial consultation. While it is free, you should take advantage of that. Make the most out of your free consultation by bringing the right documents. Consultations are appointments that not only get you a chance to interview the prospective attorney, but they give the attorney an opportunity to assess your case, as well. If you do not come prepared, your attorney may assume that the case isn’t viable. The more information that you bring to the initial consultation, the easier it is for an attorney to determine whether or not to pursue the claim.

Seven Documents to Bring

You have already taken the steps to promptly schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney, but now is the time to bring the right documentation so that you get the most out of your consultation. Just some documents that you should bring to your appointment include:

  1. Accident Report – This is filed with your local police department, and helps establish what occurred at the scene. The report will describe the accident scene, how it occurred, names of drivers or individuals involved, insurance information, any issuance of citations, a list of witnesses, and contact information.
  2. Your Notes – If you took notes immediately after the accident, bring those along with you. Your notes should include things like what you were doing before the accident, what occurred immediately after, the date and time when the accident occurred, and your injuries. If you have conversations with witnesses, you will want to write down what was said.
  3. Photographs – If you were able to take photographs at the scene of the accident or a family member took them for you, bring those photos along. These are critical pieces of evidence that will help your attorney assess your case.
  4. Auto Insurance Information – If the incident was a car accident, you will want to bring along your own auto insurance declarations page. This helps the attorney evaluate what coverage you have, and the damages that you may be entitled to.
  5. Medical Bills and Records – In order to file a personal injury claim, you must have damages. Most damages include medical bills and treatments. To prove your claim, you will need medical records, as well as any medical bills you or your health insurer have paid for. Bring these along to your appointment. They can help your attorney assess the compensation that you may be entitled to, but also are what will help prove your claim.
  6. Pay Stubs – If you have missed work because of your injury, you will need to prove the wages that you have lost. If you will be unable to work in the future because of your injury, you will also need to prove the wages that you would have earned. This is done by bringing in your pay stubs, a letter from your employer verifying your income, or your W-2s.
  7. Health Insurance Information – Your attorney will want to know if you have health insurance coverage, and the details of your policy. Your health insurance may have already covered some of your medical treatments associated with the accident, but when a claim is filed and won in court, the insurer will want reimbursement.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Once you have gathered the documents that you need, contact Jacobs Law, LLC for a consultation. We can assist you with your personal injury claim. Schedule your appointment at (317) 794-2024, or fill out our online contact form with your questions.