Personal injury cases are often highly complex in nature. Whether you are the victim of a dog bite, car crash or defective product, a personal injury lawyer can give you peace of mind and guide you through the process of recovering the maximum compensation.
In most of these cases, it is your responsibility to prove the defendant was negligent. This means you must show your injuries were caused by the actions or inaction of a person or business, according to Nevada state law (NRS 41.130). After you have brought your case to trial, a jury will typically be asked to assess to what degree you should receive financial compensation for your harms and losses.
Once you have realized you may have a case and have decided to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, you will want to set up a meeting with a personal injury lawyer. Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada, provides free consultations to prospective clients to help determine if their case has merit.
Once you have set up a first meeting with your lawyer, you will want to gather all of the necessary documents to start building a case in your favor. Copies of written reports or statements, photographs, along with any other documentation are vital to a successful personal injury case. This documentation, along with copies of your medical records, will often be the nuts and bolts of a personal injury case. But what exactly do you need to bring? We have broken down 10 important things to bring to your first meeting with your personal injury lawyer.
10 Things to Bring to Your First Meeting
- If you have it, the police and/or accident reports summarizing your injuries and all the events leading up to your injury; if police did not come to the scene, that’s ok, we will discuss this in our meeting.
- A summary of important dates, including the date of injury, date of medical procedures, date of surgeries, and more.
- Records from any visits to the hospital, doctor’s office or physical therapy, including bills.
- Copies of your health insurance information.
- Description of any interaction with the insurance company.
- Information relating to any claims already filed with the insurance company.
- Medical diagnosis report from your doctor(s) and any other relevant health professional, if you have them.
- Any information, including lost wages, about how much work you have missed due to the injury.
- List of the ways your life has been negatively impacted by your injury.
- Your automobile insurance information and declaration page if you have it. Specifically, we need to know your insurance covers – do you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage and/or medical payment?
Other Things to Keep in Mind As You Prepare
Talking the extra time to gather these documents will save both you and your attorney time and money.
Your lawyer may ask for certain details in writing ahead of your first meeting. Be sure to respond in full in order to make the most out of the appointment. Also, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire at your first meeting. Please take the time to fill out this form to the best of your ability.
Have you been injured in an accident and are ready to set up your first meeting with a personal injury attorney? Contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez at (702) 388-4476 to schedule your free consultation today. With over 4 decades of experience with personal injury law, you can be sure you are getting the best representation.