If you’ve been the victim of a personal injury, it’s important that you understand your rights and responsibilities under the law. The best way to do this is to enlist the guidance of a personal injury lawyer. At your first meeting with your attorney, you should bring along some crucial pieces of information to help give your lawyer a better picture of your case; below, five of these items are discussed in more detail.
- Police Report
If the police were called to the scene of the accident in which you were injured, they will have completed a police report. This is often an incredibly helpful document to have as it provides powerful, objective insights into the accident and its aftermath. If you were not given a copy of the report, contact your local precinct to obtain one.
- Medical Bills
Recouping the costs of medical care relating to a personal injury is one of the primary goals of most injury claims. Bring your lawyer any and all medical bills stemming from your post-injury treatment. Have your insurance card and policy handy as well; these items will explain the extent of your coverage and what your out-of-pocket costs might be.
- Medical Records
Medical records are the single best source of information about the nature of your injuries
and their impact on your life and health. Get copies of your medical files before your meeting with a personal injury lawyer. And don’t forget to include test results from lab work, X-rays, and MRIs.
If you had the opportunity to take photos at the scene of the accident, bring them to your lawyer. Photographic evidence can be extremely compelling and difficult to disprove. Your attorney will want to see with their own eyes the accident scene and the extent of the damage caused.
- A Timeline
Writing out a timeline of events immediately before, during, and after the accident in question will help streamline your first meeting with a lawyer. You can either map it out as an actual timeline, or you can write it as a narrative of the events that transpired. Give your legal counsel a copy, and they can learn, in your own words, what happened and how you were affected. Given that many people are a bit nervous before meeting with an attorney, this provides an easy reference for telling your story and sharing the requisite details.
When a personal injury strikes, trust the accident lawyers at Thompson Law Office. They have more than two decades of experience serving clients throughout the Lexington, Kentucky, area. Call (859) 280-2222, visit their website, or message them on Facebook to arrange a free consultation.