What materials are important to bring with you to your first meeting with a car crash lawyer?

If you have never been injured in a car or truck crash, then it is unlikely that you have contemplated what to bring to a first meeting with such a lawyer. The fact is that you can save both yourself and your lawyer if you make a nore to bring the following items:

1). The police report if one was promulgated and if you don't have it but have the investigating officers name and phone number and report number that will get your lawyer off on the right foot

2). The other driver's name, address and insurance information.

3).Your own auto or truck insurance information both because your insurance might have benefits that can help you and also in case the at-fault driver has inadequate insurance.

4). Your health insurance information. If you have health insurance you may be obligated to pay back some of the bills they paid along the way and it is far better for your lawyer to know about it in the beginning rather than the end.

5). Your employment information If you are going to miss time from work due to injuries in a crash, then paystubs can help document what you were making before the accident in order to bolster your future lost wage claim. Also in processing p.i.p. benefit claims for lost income some supervisory or H.R. person will need to sign off on the forms.

6). Prior injury information. If you have been hurt in an accident previously it is important to let your lawyer know becasue the insurance industry maintains a comprehensive data base about prior claims information. Don't put your lawyer in the position to be the last to know that you hurt the same part of your body last year, it can hurt your claim.

7). The names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for any witnesses. Witnesses doesn't just include people who saw the accident. If you have family members, friends, neighbors or co-workers who saw you both before and after a collision, they can help you describe the effect the crash-related injuries had on your work and home life.

8). Property damage information including any estimates.

9). Pictures of your injuries, from the scene of the accident and of damage to the vehicles involved in the crash.




Robert V. Clark
Maryland Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
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