If you are suing someone whose negligence harmed you, you may not know what evidence you need to prove your right to compensation. Most personal injury or mass tort law firms will review your case at no cost to you. Once you agree on representation and schedule the first meeting with a firm, someone will give you instructions, including what you should bring for your meeting with a lawyer.
In most cases, you should bring the evidence you have that supports your case. A lawyer can review it and determines its case value. An initial case review and meeting are a time for you and your lawyer to become familiar with each other and your case. You can also write down the questions you have and bring your notes with you.
What to Expect at Your First Case Consultation With an Attorney
This is an exploratory session where you and your lawyer can exchange details. Information is one of the most important things you can bring to your lawyer. Your lawyer wants to hear your version of events. In general, an initial consultation is when your lawyer will ask questions about your case.
Your lawyer will note your answers and may ask for increased clarity on the answers you provide. Provide your lawyer with as many details as possible. You can also ask questions about the lawyer and the law firm.
Your initial consultation will eventually lead to a complete assessment of your case. The lawyer will explain their strategy for recovering compensation. They may explain how much your case is potentially worth and its potential timeline.
Your Lawyer Will Create and Build Your Evidence File
Recovering from physical or emotional trauma can take significant time. Your recovery can also require all your focus and energy. Hiring a lawyer can ensure your case gets the attention to detail it needs and deserves while you get the care you need.
Your legal team will collect evidence based on your case’s circumstances. Most cases of negligent or accidental injury typically settle out of court. However, in some cases, this happens because the evidence indicates fault and liability. That makes the items you bring to your lawyer an important part of starting their investigation into your case.
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Case-Related Documents in a Personal Injury Case
When you begin to seek compensation after suffering an injury, the evidence you have in your possession is more likely to consist of paperwork than physical items. For example, you may have a repair bill for your car but not the vehicle’s damaged parts.
Some documents you should bring to the first meeting with your lawyer include:
- Police, incident, or other official reports
- Ambulance and emergency room records
- Prescription medication drug receipts and leaflets
- A copy of your insurance policy, if applicable
Your case’s evidence tells a story. Because neither your lawyer nor the at-fault party’s representatives were present when the accident occurred, they rely on the evidence for clarity. A personal injury lawyer will help you organize your documents so that the cause, cost, and effect of your accident are clear.
Case-Related Physical Evidence
You might have physical evidence to share with your legal team. This includes photos, videos, audio recordings, and more. Physical evidence is more likely to be present and collected at an accident scene. Your lawyer can explain how they could access this type of evidence. They will also explain how the evidence could affect your case.
Evidence and Information Your Lawyer May Obtain Later
In some cases, your injuries may prevent you from obtaining the evidence your lawyer needs. As your case moves forward and your lawyer builds your case file, they may obtain supportive evidence later. It can include:
- Medical records
- Written prognosis
- Accident scene photos
- Witness statements
- Expert witness reports
- A certificate of merit
Many of these types of evidence will apply to cases involving accidental injuries. If your case involves therapist abuse or mass tort cases, your evidence can vary. In those cases, your lawyer will later obtain evidence and case-specific information. That can include information on medications and medical devices, and mental health care records.
Information your lawyer requests after your case starts can also include proof of your employment and salary. They may also obtain proof of the repair or replacement value of any damaged or destroyed property. This evidence guides your attorney in assigning a financial value to your case.
Contact Our Consultation Team Today for a Meeting
At Jenner Law, we are committed to building the strongest possible case for you. We start by offering a free case review so that we can understand what happened. Then, our goal is to resolve your case with the best possible result for you or your family.
We will explain what you should bring to your initial meeting with one of our lawyers or team members. Find out more by calling for your free case review today.