Before you meet with a personal injury lawyer form The Broderick Firm, be sure to have the documents ready you’ll need for the lawyer to review. fBe sure to collect any documents you have relating to your accident, injury, and worker’s compensation claim. Place them in a folder or large envelope. Here’s an injury checklist of some of the documents and other pertinent information to take with you to your lawyer, if applicable to your case.
|____||Name and Phone Number of Ambulance Service|
|____||Name and Address of the Emergency Room|
|____||Date and Time You Were Admitted to the E.R.|
|____||Doctor’s Names of All Doctors Who Examined You|
|____||Name and Address of any Chiropractor You Consulted With|
|____||Names of People Involved in the Accident|
|____||Names and Phone Numbers of any Witnesses|
|____||Dates You Missed Work Due to the Accident|
|____||Names and Phone Numbers of Any Insurance Adjustors You Spoke With|
|____||List of Persons You Spoke About The Accident With|
|____||Copies of any Written Statement|
|____||Copy of Company Worker’s Compensation Insurance|
|____||Photos of the Accident Scene|
|____||Photos of Injuries|
|____||All Correspondence You Received From Your Company or Insurance Adjustor about your Injury|
|____||Receipts: Anything You Needed To Buy Regarding Your Accident|
|____||Anything Else Pertaining to Your Accident or Injury|
The First Meeting: Questions to Ask a Lawyer
You want a lawyer who is right for you. While every lawyer has their own style and method of practice, there are some basic things you may want to know before hiring a personal injury attorney.
In addition to having the proper documents to show your future lawyer, it’s a good idea to prepare a list of questions to take with you to your first meeting. Some questions you might ask an accident and injury lawyer would include:
- How many personal injury trials has he or she handled? Of those, how many did he or she win?
- What percentage of his or her practice is in the personal injury area of expertise that you need?
- How long has he or she been in practice?
- Would the lawyer handle the case personally or would it be passed on to some other lawyer or support staff in the firm? If other lawyers or staff may do some of the work, could you meet them?
- What problems does the lawyer foresee with your case?
- How would the lawyer go about handling your situation? What is the process?
- How long will the case take?
- How would the lawyer charge for his or her services? Fixed, hourly rate or contingency fee?
- What types of experts would the lawyer use to prove your case?
- Is there a time limit by which you must settle the case or file a lawsuit?
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may need an experienced accident and injury lawyer. Protecting your rights and pursuing a case zealously are just some of a lawyer’s obligations. But keep in mind that it is important to speak to a lawyer familiar with the laws in your jurisdiction. Want a free consultation? Contact The Broderick Firm for your free no obligation consultation.