What Should I Bring To My First Meeting With My Attorney?

Posted by Jacques Williams on Aug 13, 2018 4:12:23 PM

As you know, Hamstead, Williams & Shook's focus is on serious personal injury cases that arise from car wrecks, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, defective products and the like. To properly evaluate your case and consult with you, we need you to bring materials and information that will help us understand your situation.

Here is what we like to see at our first meeting with a new client:

  • Pictures, pictures, pictures! Pictures are among the best types of evidence. So, take and bring us pictures of your vehicle at the accident scene. Show us pictures of your bruises, scars, lacerations, and cuts. Those can disappear over time! Bring pictures of your medical equipment; canes, crutches, braces, casts, etc. Include pictures from your hospital room.
  • Keep a diary to record what happened. Nothing fancy is requiredyour diary can be in a small spiral notebook or on a calendar. Jot down important dates like hospital admissions, physical therapy visits, and other events associated with your injury and your recovery. Include things that you had to do as part of your treatment process and things that you could not do because of your injury. Write down the days you were in pain and the days that you missed work.
  • Bring us the names, addresses and telephone numbers of potential witnesses. This does not just mean people who witnessed the accidentalthough that is very valuable. Witnesses also potentially include family, coworkers, and friends: anyone who can corroborate how an injury has affected you on a long-term basis, even after you have been released from a doctor's care.
  • Bring us health insurance information. This can include your health insurance card, particularly if you are a Medicaid or Medicare recipient. We will need to inform your health insurer that we are initiating a personal injury claim involving injuries and medical treatment that they have paid for. They will most likely be entitled to some reimbursement out of your recovery, so we might as well find out early on how much that will be. The same might apply to Workers Compensation.
  • Bring us automobile insurance information. Your own motor vehicle policy might have important additional coverages that you are entitled to receive, even though somebody else might be to blame.
  • Bring hospital records and bills. Eventually, we will get your relevant medical chart and will ask for your relevant treatment invoices. However, statements that you get from your healthcare providers and from your insurance source will help us better track the visits and treatments that you receive to make sure that we are well informed about your course of treatment and your recovery.
  • Bring us reports from any relevant investigation. Whether by law enforcement, OSHA, MSHA or other public agency, a copy of any relevant findings from an investigation could be very helpful in developing your case. Naturally, this includes the police accident investigation report.

Remember, success in any venture requires strong team work. That begins on the day of our first meeting. We cannot do this alonewe need your input and your cooperation. Letting us have good documentation at the start of the case will lay a good foundation for a successful outcome.

For more than 80 years, our firm has been providing clients in the Morgantown area with the highest quality legal services. Hamstead, Williams & Shook is your hometown law team, and we want you to get the compensation you deserve. Call us at (304) 296-3636 or click here to set up a meeting.

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Topics: personal injury, personal injury lawyer in morgantown, car accident, Morgantown

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Posted by Alex Shook on Sep 30, 2016 11:10:00 AM

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