If you have been involved in a car crash, you may want to consider hiring an attorney. You may have heard nightmares about insurance companies trying to keep victims of crashes from recovering what is rightfully theirs, or you may know your limitations dealing with this type of process. Whatever the reason, hiring an attorney may be something that you want to do regardless of the circumstances of your collision. When you meet with the lawyer the first time, you want to be prepared for an intelligent and meaningful conversation about your accident. As such, take these items with you, so your case gets started on the right foot.
Information You Obtained at the Scene
Your information gathering at the scene is an integral part of your case. The pictures you took, the witness names and numbers, the police report — all of these items add up to evidence proving the other driver was responsible. Make sure you bring your attorney all of this and whatever else you got at the scene of the crash.
Your Medical Diagnosis and Records
The injuries you suffered are proving to put a damper on your day-to-day activity level. Maybe you cannot work in the same capacity or even profession you once did. The pain you are dealing with is hurting you and your family emotionally. When you are injured in an accident, make sure you bring all records to your attorney. Some practitioners have nurses and other medical practitioners they consult with that can help put you on a path to rehabilitation. Not just that, but the losses you’ve sustained as a result of the injury are adding up and putting you deeper into a hole. Thus, your medical record is crucial to the action.
Employer Information and Income Statements
Aside from the physical and emotional losses, the injury has caused you to lose money. Perhaps you had to put out copays before seeing the doctor or physical therapist. All of this and the pending bills become critical to negotiating with the responsible driver’s insurance company. Not only that, but you have lost paychecks and may continue to do so. Take your pay history over the past year, so your lawyer can calculate what you’ve lost.
Insurance Company Information
Your attorney will now take over speaking with the insurance company for the most part. If you are needed to give statements, your attorney will be with you to make sure the insurer is not trying to get you to admit to things that are not true.