If you were seriously hurt because someone failed to act with reasonable care, consider consulting an attorney. Most personal injury firms offer free case reviews, so you’ve got nothing to lose by making an appointment. A seasoned lawyer can evaluate the circumstances surrounding the accident in which you were hurt to determine if you have grounds for a claim and, if so, how best to proceed.
To ensure this meeting is as productive as possible, make sure to bring the following:
1. A Written Description of Events
As soon as possible after the accident—preferably later that same day, when the details are still fresh in your mind—write down everything that happened from your point of view. When drafting this description, keep in mind that no detail is too small to include.
If you’re unsure what to write, start with the date, time, and location of the incident, and end with any and all factors that you think contributed to the cause of action.
2. The Contact Information of Relevant Parties
If you were able to get the names and phone numbers of those who witnessed the accident before leaving the scene, bring this information to your initial consultation. Your legal team will reach out to these parties to obtain their statements.
You should also bring along the contact details of any other relevant parties, like those who were actually involved—or who were to blame—for the incident. If their insurance carrier has already reached out to you, bring all the correspondence you’ve received from them, as well. This includes voicemails, emails, and letters.
3. Any Official Reports
If the accident was detailed in an incident report or police report, bring a copy to your first meeting with a personal injury attorney. While this report won’t yield conclusive evidence of fault, it can provide a starting point for the investigation.
4. Footage from the Scene
Your legal team can review photographs and video recordings of the scene to determine why the accident occurred and who was to blame. Excluding pictures and footage that belong to you, though, such evidence may not be available indefinitely. Therefore, it’s essential to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible after the incident.
5. Associated Receipts & Invoices
Bring all the bills, receipts, and invoices for any injury-related expenses you’ve already incurred to your initial consultation. Such documentation will help your attorney estimate the potential value of your claim, so you can determine whether proceeding may be worthwhile.
Speak with a Detroit Personal Injury Attorney Today
At Seva Law Firm, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that unanticipated injuries can take on the whole family. If you were seriously hurt through no fault of your own, we’ll help you gather the evidence needed to prove liability and damages against all responsible parties.
Our compassionate team is committed to helping injured parties put their lives back together. Call (248) 385-5704 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Detroit.