What to Bring When you Meet the Attorney.

There are certain documents and information you should be prepared to give to your accident attorney when you meet with him or her for the first time regarding your accident. If you don’t have all these items ready in advance of your initial consultation, don’t worry – you can always mail or fax them to your lawyer, just so long as you do so as soon after your appointment as possible.

Names and Addresses

In order to thoroughly research your case, your attorney will need the names and addresses of the following (if relevant to your accident):

  • The ambulance company
  • The hospital to which you were taken
  • The doctors that examined you, either immediately following the accident or during follow-up visits
  • Any witnesses to the accident
  • Your insurance company (ideally those of the specific adjuster)

Day/Date/Time

It is very important to provide your attorney with a record of the dates relevant to your accident. If you have specific times, that’s even better. Relevant dates usually include:

  • The date of the accident
  • The date that you were taken to the hospital/emergency room
  • The dates that you were unable to work due to accident-related injury

Additional Documentation

The more of the following documents you are able to provide upfront, the faster and easier it will be for your attorney to determine the types of claims for which to seek compensation. These include any and all of the following:

  • A copy of the accident report
  • Copies of any written statements from doctors, witnesses, passengers, and/or other relevant parties
  • Copy of your complete automobile insurance policy
  • A bill or statement showing your insurance premium payments are current
  • Relevant health, disability, and workers’ compensation insurance policy/ies
  • Relevant hospital, doctor, or psychological treatment records
  • Copies of any emails, letters, or statements exchanged with your and/or the other party’s insurance company
  • Any and all medical bills related to the accident accumulated to date
  • Receipts or quotes for any home modifications you have/will have to build because of your injuries (i.e., a ramp)
  • Reports from your workplace showing lost wages
  • Any information exchanged at the scene of the accident (i.e, the other driver’s contact information)
  • Police reports and traffic tickets
  • Photographs of your damaged vehicle 
  • Photographs of your injuries

Again, don’t worry if you don’t have everything listed above in time for your initial consultation with a Philadelphia accident attorney. You can request the necessary documentation from your doctors, the police, and your insurance company fairly quickly and have them sent to your lawyer. The more prepared you are for a meeting with your attorney, the faster they can determine if you have a solid case to pursue and the kind of settlement you deserve.

Article presented courtesy of the Philadelphia accident attorneys of Howard, Brenner & Nass P.C., 877-237-9597, www.hbnlawfirm.com.

There are certain documents and information you should be prepared to give to your accident attorney when you meet with him or her for the first time regarding your accident. If you don’t have all these items ready in advance of your initial consultation, don’t worry – you can always mail or fax them to your lawyer, just so long as you do so as soon after your appointment as possible.

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