Your initial meeting with your personal injury lawyer after a car accident is extremely important and can be very productive if you are prepared. If you can provide your lawyer with enough information, he or she will be able to accurately determine your legal options and get started on your case. Here are some of the things you can do to prepare for your first meeting with a Chicago car accident lawyer.
Consider the Narrative of Your Accident
The most important thing you can do as a prospective client in your first meeting with an attorney is to give him or her an accurate picture of what occurred. You should spend some time thinking about the facts of your case, especially the “who, what, where, when, and why” of the incident.
Gather Any Medical Records You May Have
If you went to the hospital or saw a health care professional after your accident, be sure to request any medical records that were generated and bring them with you to your appointment. Medical records can help your lawyer determine how much your case could be worth and whether you need to take additional steps to establish your damages.
Collect a List of Witnesses
If there were people who witnessed your accident, you should try to obtain contact information from them so that you can provide that information to your attorney. In some cases, your lawyer may want to conduct interviews with witnesses in order to determine how your accident occurred. You should also provide your lawyer with the names of any businesses in the vicinity of the accident that may have surveillance footage of your accident.
Find a Copy of Your Insurance Policy
Your lawyer will likely want to take a look at your insurance policy in order to determine what your policy may or may not cover, even if another party will ultimately be held liable for your losses. If you can find a copy of your policy, be sure to bring it with you to your first meeting with you lawyer. If you cannot find a hard copy, your insurer may provide you online access to your policy that you can print out.
Injured? You Do Not Need to Come into the Office
Many people who have been injured in an accident are concerned about coming into our office in downtown Chicago. Fortunately, when you work with our firm, you do not need to meet with us in person to sign up as a client, and we can obtain all of the documentation we need through email and fax.
Call Abels & Annes, P.C. Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been hurt in a car crash that occurred in the Chicagoland area, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago car accident attorneys, call our office today at 312-924-7575 or contact us online.