Meeting With Your Auto Accident Lawyer – What You Need to Bring!

When you first meet with an auto accident lawyer it is important that you bring as much information with you about your accident as possible. Often new clients come in for a visit with their auto accident lawyer and do not bring any paperwork or other documentation with them. It will greatly assist your lawyer when you come in prepared for your initial auto accident consultation.

Here is a list of documents and other information you should bring in for your consultation:  

First, you need to bring the accident report or drivers exchange report. It is important that the police be called when ever you are in an auto accident when there is property damage or personal injury. The police report or drivers exchange report will help identify that at fault driver, and / or at fault vehicle owner, as well as their insurance information. In addition, it will assist your lawyer when they write to the police for the long form accident report which normally will include a diagram prepared by the investigating officer, names of any witnesses, and information about any traffic citations.

Second, if you have had an estimate for the repairs to your car for damage incurred in the accident this information is important for your lawyer to have.  If you have taken photographs of your property damage, you should bring those photos, or have them on an memory card from your camera so your attorney can print them.

Third, you should bring your automobile insurance cards and a copy of your automobile insurance policy showing the declarations of insurance or list of coverages included in your policy.

Fourth, if you have health insurance, or medicare or medicaid, you need to bring your health insurance card, meidcare, or medicaid cards. Even though your medical bills are paid by PIP in an auto accident, your lawyer must contact all health insurance providers and place them on notice regarding your accident.

Fifth, if you have been to the hospital emergency room, bring any discharge papers that were provided after your visit. In addition if you have visited any doctors or had an X-Ray or MRI prior to seeing your lawyer, you should bring a list of any such doctors or medical providers that have treated you since your accident.

Sixth, you should be prepared to discuss all prior accidents and pre-existing injuries with your lawyer. If you have had a prior auto accident, slip and fall or workers comp case, it will assist your lawyer if you have any documentation as to the date, type of injury, and whether you previously brought an injury claim.

By bringing the above documents for your first meeting with your accident lawyer you will assist your lawyer in handling your case, and show your lawyer that you took the time and interest to gather this information for your first meeting.

For more information or for a free consultation, contact The Law Offices of Charles D. Scott, PLLC Injury and Family Law Attorneys, by calling 727-300-4878 or view our web site

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