If you’ve been injured in an accident and are planning to meet with a personal injury lawyer, it can feel a little overwhelming. You might not know how to prepare or what to bring to the first meeting. Not to worry, though—this article will help ease your mind by covering some of the best things to do before and during your consultation.
Most personal injury lawyers give you the consultation free of charge. That’s how we operate at John Foy & Associates. We don’t want you to worry about upfront costs just for seeking help. Plus, we don’t charge you any fee unless we win money in your case. To schedule a free meeting with one of our personal injury lawyers today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Now, here are the best ways you can prepare to meet with your personal injury lawyer.
Bring the Right Documents and Information
Before the actual meeting, make sure you have all the documents and relevant information related to your accident and injuries. These will include things like the following
Medical Documentation and Lost Wages
- Documents outlining your medical treatment, any diagnoses, and any future treatment you will need
- Medical bills from doctors, hospitals, and specialists
- Names and addresses of any hospitals where you stayed and the ambulance that you used (if applicable)
- Dates you were admitted and released from the hospital (if applicable)
- Names of any prescription medications you are taking or have taken for your accident injuries
- Documentation of any lost wages (and the dates you lost them) that resulted from the accident and your injuries
- Pay stubs or your tax return from the previous year
- Your health insurance coverage information, such as ID cards and copies of your policy information
- Your auto insurance coverage information (if you were injured in an auto accident), including ID cards, policy numbers, and any letters from your insurance company regarding the accident
- Any letters you’ve received from the at-fault party’s insurance company
- Copies of the police report from when you reported the accident
- Any other reports that were taken on your accident
Other Documentation of the Accident
- Any pictures you or someone else took of the accident scene, property damage, hazards, and/or your injuries
- Notes or dairy entries you made about the accident and/or how it has affected you
- Names and contact information of any witnesses
Bring as much information as you can on the accident. This will help the lawyer get a good idea of how your case looks.
If you don’t yet have certain documents listed above, such as medical records of discharge papers, simply make a note of them before your consultation. Your personal injury lawyer can help you obtain the exact documents you need later.
Be Prepared to Answer Questions
The personal injury lawyer will likely ask you specific questions about your accident during the first meeting. You’ll want to emotionally and mentally prepare to answer these questions, as recounting the accident can be draining.
Just remember that the lawyer is asking about the accident so they can understand where they can help and ensure you’re a good fit for each other. The more details you can provide, the better.
You’ll likely be asked questions about the following topics during your meeting:
- What your specific injuries are and how much pain you’re in now
- Whether or not you’ve seen a doctor yet and what they said about your injuries
- What type of insurance coverage you have
- Whether or not you’ve talked to any insurance adjusters yet or given any statements
- Your employment information
- How the accident has impacted you and your family
Come with Your Own Questions
The consultation is your time to ask the lawyer questions, too. You’ll want to make sure their qualifications and experience are a good fit for you. Before you go into the meeting, write down some questions like:
- How long have you been practicing personal injury/tort law?
- What is your experience with cases similar to mine, and what were their outcomes?
- How long do you think it will take to resolve my case?
- What is your fee structure?
- Will you personally be working on my case?
Writing down questions you want to ask will ensure you don’t forget anything.
Pay Attention to How Comfortable You Feel
You want to feel comfortable with your personal injury lawyer. You’ll need to communicate sensitive information with them and know you can trust them. If you feel good about your first meeting with them and seem to develop a good rapport, that’s a good sign.
Know That There Will Be Paperwork
If you decide you do want to work with this personal injury lawyer, be ready to fill out lots of paperwork. This might seem like a lot, but it’s ultimately meant to protect your legal rights.
You’ll discuss this paperwork, the lawyer’s service fees, and you’ll probably be asked to sign a medical release form so your lawyer can get access to your medical records. It’s best to work with a lawyer who works on a contingent fee and only charges you if they are successful with your case.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer in Georgia for Free Today
It can feel daunting getting ready for a meeting with your personal injury lawyer, but the above information will give you an idea of what to expect.
At John Foy & Associates, our lawyers have been working on personal injury cases for over 20 years—and we know what it takes to win. We would love to discuss your case and how we can help, at no risk to you. To schedule a FREE consultation with us today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.