What Do I Need to Bring to My Free Initial Consultation?

What Do I Need to Bring to My Free Initial Consultation?
Jan 9, 2020

At Warshauer Woodward Atkins, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your potential case. Most of the time, we can do this initial evaluation on the telephone and if the case seems like one we can help with, we will offer a free in-person consultation. During that meeting, we can ask more detailed questions, answer questions from our prospective client and determine a game plan going forward. So, what do you bring to such a meeting? Here are just a few things

A List of Witnesses

Whether you were hurt in an auto collision, a slip and fall, a workplace incident or medical malpractice, there were likely folks who saw some or all of the injury or events leading up to the injury. Bringing a list of these people is critical so we can start getting a full picture of what happened. In addition to fact witnesses, we also need a list of damages witnesses. These are people who can help tell the story of how your injuries have changed your life. These can include co-workers, friends, family members and neighbors.

Medical Records or a List of Doctors and Facilities

Most injuries worth seeing a lawyer about are going to involve some level of medical care. We will need medical records from all of the doctors and other healthcare providers you’ve visited as a result of your injury. These are proof of your injuries, and you can recover for your medical expenses necessitated by the negligence. In addition to those doctors you’ve seen as a result of the incident, we will need to know other doctors you’ve treated with in the past, to determine whether you had any preexisting injuries that could have contributed to your injuries.

Photos and Videos

You’ve likely heard the phrase a picture is worth a 1,000 words. That’s certainly true in litigation as well. Photos or video of the incident, damage after the incident or how it has impacted your life can sometimes tell the story of what happened or the incident’s impact, better than any words can. If you have any of these items, you will want to bring them to your meeting.

Diaries, Journals, or Notes

Many people will take notes of important events so they don’t forget. Others, keep diaries or journals to capture the events of their lives. These can be important records of what transpired, as they are often documented closer in time to the incident. These notes can often be key evidence in your case.

These are just some of the items that are helpful in an initial meeting to discuss your case. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligent or reckless conduct, please call us for a free case evaluation.