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

What Happens To The Families Of Medical Malpractice Victims?

Posted by Alex Shook on Jul 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

We can’t bring a loved one back who has been a victim of medical malpractice, but we can make sure that his or her family members are taken care of by getting them the compensation they deserve.

At Hamstead, Williams & Shook, we have teams of medical experts whom we consult with to review every medical malpractice case. These are serious and difficult cases and not every claim, not every bad result, is medical malpractice. So, when we get a case, we investigate it thoroughly by gathering and reviewing all of the relevant medical records. If a case has merit, we’ll consult with one of our experts in the medical field with an eye toward preparing a lawsuit to move forward in court.

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Topics: medical malpractice, personal injury, personal injury lawyer in morgantown, morgantown law firm

Personal Injury Claims & The Constitution

Posted by Jacques Williams on Jul 2, 2015 11:20:00 AM

Have you been hurt by the fault of another person? Has it affected your ability to enjoy life the way you did before you were injured?

The law provides remedies to help you. You can often recoup your economic losses due to personal injury, and also be compensated for your pain and suffering. Maybe you can’t play with your children anymore because of the severity of your injuries. Maybe you can’t participate in sports and other recreational pursuits anymore. Whether you have physical pain or emotional distress, the civil justice system can provide recognition of your loss through monetary compensation.

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Topics: medical malpractice, personal injury, personal injury lawyer in morgantown, morgantown law firm, Compensation, Constitutional Rights

How Do You Know If You Have A Personal Injury Claim?

Posted by Alex Shook on Jun 25, 2015 10:07:00 AM

Basically, anytime you’ve been hurt by another person’s wrongdoing, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. There are many kinds of cases. Defective products, car crashes, medical malpractice, insurance claims and insurance bad faith are all examples of personal injury cases we handle at  Hamstead, Williams & Shook.

Let say someone else has harmed you. It’s not your fault, but you aren’t sure you have a case. Your first step should be to get the medical attention you need. Nothing is more important than your health. Next, preserve any evidence by taking pictures, gathering insurance statements, police reports, etc. Afterward, call us and we’ll help you sort through the details.

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Topics: medical malpractice, personal injury, personal injury lawyer in morgantown, morgantown law firm

A Passion for Helping People: Alex's Journey to Becoming an Attorney

Posted by Alex Shook on Jun 11, 2015 8:56:00 AM

Greetings from downtown Morgantown!

My name is Alex Shook and I’m an attorney at the law firm of Hamstead, Williams & Shook. Originally from Moundsville, W.Va., I came to Morgantown in 1987 to go to college at WVU and fell in love with the city. I’ve watched it grow from a small, sleepy college town to a burgeoning small metropolis that’s ranked as one of the nation’s number one small cities to do business, raise a family, and start a career.

In my opinion, Morgantown has become the heartbeat of West Virginia.

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Topics: medical malpractice, personal injury, personal injury lawyer in morgantown, morgantown law firm, Philanthropy