When you’re injured due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to pursue a personal injury claim to recover compensation for damages, such as medical bills and emotional suffering. A personal injury attorney will guide you through the process, and the first step is of course to enlist one. This is done through an initial consultation, which is when your attorney can help you determine if you have a case and you can both decide if you are a good fit.
At Graham Legal, our Miami personal injury attorneys begin every case with a free, no-commitment consultation. These initial meetings typically take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, and we’re committed to helping personal injury victims get the most out of this one-on-one time with the attorney. Here are some tips for preparing for your consultation.
Refresh on the Details
There is a great deal of information to keep track of when pursuing a personal injury claim. Especially if you have been undergoing medical care, you may have forgotten some of the details in the time since the accident. Before your consultation, take some time to refresh yourself on the key details of your case. Here is some information you will need to share with your prospective attorney:
- A thorough account of the event, including date and times
- Names of any other individuals involved in the accident, including the presumed at-fault party
- Names and addresses of witnesses to the accident
- Names and addresses of medical professionals who you consulted with or were treated by
- Dates you were unable to work due to your injuries
- Dates you were hospitalized for the accident (if applicable)
- Contact information for the ambulance service used (if applicable)
Bring Supporting Documents
Documentation plays an essential role in securing a favorable decision for your personal injury case. In order to best determine if you are likely to win your case, Miami personal injury attorneys will request that you bring all key documents to the initial meeting. Documents you will want to bring with you include:
- The accident report
- All medical bills
- Your medical insurance policy
- Receipts for any expenses incurred as a result of the accident
- Any written correspondence regarding the accident, such as letters from your insurer
- Other relevant insurance policies, such as car insurance if you were in a vehicular accident
- Pay stubs that show lost wages (if applicable)
Come With Questions
One of the most important purposes of the consultation is determining whether the lawyer you are meeting with is right for your representation. In order to do so, you will need to ask questions. Ask the attorney about his or her background in personal injury law, as well as how the firm would represent your case. You can also use this opportunity to learn more about the process itself, and ease any concerns you have over pursuing a claim.
If you were injured in an accident and believe you have a personal injury case, our Miami personal injury attorneys can help you pursue it. Contact (link to contact) our office today to schedule your free consultation, and use these tips for making the most out of it.