Once you have made arrangements to meet with an experienced injury lawyer, the following suggestions will typically be given in preparation for your first meeting.
- If you have not yet seen a physician and are experiencing pain or physical difficulties, make an appointment. Your lawyer will not usually refer you to a doctor; you should see a doctor of your own choice.
- If your job causes you difficulties, substantial pain or discomfort, ask your physician about temporarily staying out of work. If your physician tells you that the decision to work is up to you, you should refrain from working if the pain and discomfort continue.
- Obtain pictures of whatever caused your injury – the automobile, the place of injury (if yours is a premises liability case), or particular item (if your case stems from product liability). Develop the pictures immediately.
- If there is damage to the automobile, get an appraisal of the damage as soon as possible after you have taken photos.
- When you come in for your appointment with your lawyer, it is very important to bring in the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the incident.
- When contacting the witnesses to get their names, addresses, and telephone numbers, do not discuss the case with them.
- Do not discuss the case in detail with anyone other than your injury lawyer, and do not give any information or statements to anyone representing an insurance company.
- If an insurance company has contacted you, request the name of the adjuster and his or her telephone number. Let the adjuster know that you will be consulting with an attorney who will be in touch with him or her.
- Any and all documents that relate to the case, such as doctor’s instructions, medical bills, prescriptions, accident reports filed with the Secretary of State, etc., should be brought into your first meeting.
- If possible, obtain the police report and bring it to the first meeting.
- Because time is of the essence, do not miss or postpone your first appointment with your injury lawyer unless absolutely necessary.
Do not hesitate to contact your lawyer if questions come up before your first meeting.
- The most important thing for you to do at this time is to concentrate on recovering from your injuries. Your injury lawyer will worry about the legal details. Your physical recovery should be the top priority.
If you have been injured and would like to speak to an experienced and knowledgeable injury lawyer, please contact the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC at 323-782-9605.