Stephen Hasner | Car Accidents | November 28, 2018
If you’re reading this post, you might be one of the 3,700 persons who were recently injured in a car accident in Savannah or Chatham County. You are already taking the important first step of scheduling a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney. This meeting is an opportunity for the lawyer to evaluate your case, and for you to evaluate the lawyer. To ensure that you receive a thorough and accurate evaluation, you should provide the lawyer with as much information and documentation as possible. Below we discuss how to prepare for this first meeting with your potential lawyer.
Details of Your Accident
You will need to share as many details of your accident as possible with your attorney, including:
- Time, date, and location of the accident
- Weather conditions at the time of the accident
- Number of vehicles and drivers involved in the accident
- Your explanation and memory of how the accident occurred
You can provide much of this information verbally when meeting with the attorney, but you should also come prepared with a list of witnesses and any photos that you may have taken at the scene of the accident.
Georgia is a tort liability jurisdiction that assigns fault in car accidents. If you are the injured party, the liable driver’s insurance company typically pays your claim for damages, unless the driver was uninsured or underinsured. Provide your attorney with your auto insurance and health insurance policy information at the initial meeting.
Medical expenses related to your injury are the most common form of damages recovered in personal injury lawsuits; however, you need documentation to support your claim. Bring all of the following applicable medical records and information with you to your initial consultation, so that your attorney may begin to determine the economic and non-economic damages associated with your claim:
- Bills from ambulances and other emergency services
- Bills from hospitals and doctors
- Bills for prescription medication required to treat your injury
- Medical records and documents that include the dates you were admitted to and released from the hospital, an explanation of your diagnosis and treatment, and an estimate of future medical expenses
- Bills from any specialists, including physical therapists, surgeons, chiropractors, and more
- Photos or videos of your injuries and any property damage incurred as a result of the accident
If you missed work due to your car accident injury, you will also need to provide the following information to your attorney:
- Dates missed from work due to your injury
- Proof of income for lost wages calculation, including check stubs and/or income tax returns
- If your car accident happened on-the-job while in a company vehicle, you will need your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier information so that your attorney can help you file a claim.
Questions for Your Attorney
Although the attorney that you meet with for your initial consultation will have many questions regarding the circumstances of your accident and your injuries, you will likely also have many questions for the attorney. You should take time to write down your questions ahead of time. When asking your questions, evaluate the attorney’s answers and determine if he or she is a good fit for you.