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What Should I Bring to My Personal Injury Case Initial Consultation?

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What Should I Bring to My Personal Injury Case Initial Consultation? - Anderson LeBlanc Upland Attorneys

What Should I Bring to My Personal Injury Case Initial Consultation?

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For those that have never participated in a consultation with a lawyer, they may wonder what to bring to the initial meeting. The best advice given by family and friends is often not necessarily correct in these situations unless they’ve been present for a consultation before.

However, even if that is the case, each interview is unique because the parties involved are usually different. A connection with the legal representative is essential so that the right fit is applied to the proceedings. When this is established, other items or information may be presented so that he or she may determine if the case is valid and worth pursuing.

There are often other questions that arise that become more important than what to bring to the consultation. What to do next is usually important, but each step is usually communicated with the lawyer once he or she has determined that the case is worth moving to the next stage. During the Consultation, he or she will explain if the claim is worth the value of continuing based on if the possible damages would cover all the expenses incurred. Because the incident is often overwhelming, it is possible that potential evidence is not collected while the victim is receiving medical treatment and recovering from the injuries he or she sustained. After the initial stages of the accident occurred, it is time to consult a lawyer.

Documentation Needed After the Initial Call

Once the potential client has made a call and setup a consultation, there are various forms of documentation that he or she should bring. Medical assistance information such as admission and discharge papers are needed. All contact information of emergency room, ambulance staff and other persons involved such as physicians, specialists and nurses should be recorded and brought. Work dates missed due to injury and recovery along with medical bills should be included. Witness contact details are necessary for future calls and testimony. Insurance adjuster’s name and phone number should be recorded so that the lawyer may speak with him or her. Insurance policy documents for the car and a copy of the report the police filed for the incident should be added to documentation. Evidence through images, video and objects from the scene, for injuries and of the other person’s car are necessary. Any proof for repairs and receipts that show parts were ordered and materials fixed are beneficial. All of these make a clearer observation that there is a possible valid case for the lawyer.

Determination of a Valid Case

After the lawyer evaluates the documentation, evidence and proof that the accident caused the injuries, he or she then determines if it is all strong enough to proceed to the next stage of processes. When there is enough available, the legal representative may start filing paperwork and files to accept the case if there is a fit between counsel and potential client. He or she may explain how the strength of the case is usually depending on the evidence gathered. If these details are extensive, the case could have all possible damages awarded. However, the legal professional may still explain that a settlement out of court is the best option in usual circumstances. He or she then may contact the opposing counsel or insurance agency to determine if an offer may be made that is reasonable and fair given all the factors of the accident and injuries sustained.

If the settlement is not enough, cannot be reached or is denied, the lawyer may progress things to the next level where a lawsuit starts. This means more paperwork, conferring with witnesses to obtain testimony for use with a judge or jury and other processes needed to move to the court room. Litigation is usually a long process that adds court fees and other expenses such as expert witnesses and administration costs. While this may still be the best route after everything else has been exhausted, the client must be patient with the procedure. This also means that the compensation amount is determinate by what the judge or jury awards the plaintiff.

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Story By HG.org
HG.org was one of the very first online law and government information sites. It was founded in January of 1995 by Lex Mundi, a large network of independent law firms. The objective of HG.org is to make law, government and related professional information easily and freely accessible to the legal profession, businesses, and consumers.

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