What To Prepare For Your First Car Accident Attorney Meeting
A lot of the people that meet with us have never filed a vehicle accident claim before. They don’t know what items they need, how they can prove their claim, and what questions to ask. At , Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh we pride ourselves on making the claims process as painless as possible for our clients. So if you are meeting with us for the first time, here is what you can prepare so we can help you start your claim:
A Checklist Of Important Documents
There are a lot of important documents that can help us understand and defend your case. Bringing these documents to the first meeting can help us get started right away. If you don’t have all of these documents readily available, don’t worry. We’ll help you get them if they are needed. Here is a checklist that you can go through:
● Police reports
● Accident report
● 911 dispatch call recordings
● Any other reports by law enforcement agencies
● Photographs of the scene of the accident
● Photographs of your injuries
● Photographs of any vehicle damage
● Photographs of the road
● Witness statements
● Your journal of notes
● A timeline of what has happened since the accident
● Emergency responder reports
● Initial doctor’s examination
● Second opinion
● Specialist reports
● Medical history
● Bills and invoices
● Your insurance card/policy
● The other parties’ insurance information
● Documentation of all communication with the insurance company
● Bills and invoices
● Vehicle history
● Invoices and bills for vehicle repair
● Proof of damage to other items like clothing or possessions in your vehicle
● Proof of income like a W2
● Proof of lost wages like paystubs or a letter from your employer
You may need more documentation as the case proceeds, but these documents will help us understand the full details of your case.
Prepare A List Of Questions
Next, we always recommend coming with a written list of questions. This is especially important for people suffering from debilitating injuries. The pain from an injury can make it hard to remember everything you wanted to learn. So in the days leading up to our meeting, make a list of questions you want to ask. Here are some questions we recommend to get you started:
● How long have you practiced personal injury law?
● Have you ever represented a case like mine?
● How many auto accident cases do you settle a year?
● What law school did you attend?
● Do you belong to a bar association or professional group?
● What do you think of my case?
● Will you personally handle my case?
● Do you handle all the negotiations and court appearances?
● How often will you provide progress reports?
● What kind of settlement can I realistically expect?
● What factors are in favor of me getting a fair settlement?
● What factors are against me getting a fair settlement?
● How long do you expect my case to take?
● Do you think we will go to trial?
● Will you charge a contingency fee or an hourly rate?
● Do you charge a retainer fee?
● What other expenses will I have to pay?
● Can you estimate the total costs of your legal services?
These are just some of the questions to ask us. We’re here to help you, so feel free to ask us anything you are curious about and we’ll do our best to provide you with an honest answer.