Checklist: Preparing to Meet with an Attorney After Your Car Accident

By: Dustin Humphrey

You’ve been in a car accident and you need legal representation. What sort of things will your attorney want to know? How should you prepare to meet with him or her? What documents should you have? The personal injury lawyers at Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Humphrey have developed the following checklist to help you in your first meeting with an injury lawyer:

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
Are you prepared to explain the details of the accident?

What day did the accident occur?
What time of day did the accident occur?
What was the exact location of accident?th
What was the weather like?
What was the roadway like (wet, dry smooth, pot-holed, etc.)?
Were other cars or people involved?
How did the accident occur?
Were police called to the scene?
Was a police report filed?
What traffic violations, if any, were you charged with?
Was an ambulance called to the scene?
Were any photographs taken at the scene?
Were any television or other media crews at the scene?

Are you prepared to provide information about witnesses or other individuals involved in the accident?

What are the names of witnesses or other involved parties?
What is their relation to you (if any)?
What are their addresses?
Telephone numbers?
License plate numbers?

Are you prepared to provide information about your injuries?

Did emergency personnel treat you?
Were you taken to a hospital?
What was your immediate diagnosis?
What treatments were you initially provided?
Did you have x-rays or other scans taken?
Were you hospitalized? For how long?
What follow-up or additional treatment have you had?
What are your present symptoms?
What is your present diagnosis?
What normal activities are you unable to do because of your injuries?
What are the names and locations of all hospitals, clinics, doctors, specialists, chiropractors, physical therapists or other providers you have seen for your injuries, including the names of providers who have referred you to other providers?
Who is your general or family physician?
Have you ever had similar injuries in the past?

 

Are you prepared to provide information about yourself?

Your age and birthdate?
Your address?
Your telephone number?
Your social security number?
Your marital status?
Your children, if any?
Your present employment, if any?
Your wages or salary?
Have you have missed time from work as a result of the accident?
Do you have a valid drivers’ license?
Do you have automobile insurance?
Who is your insurer?
Have you previously been involved in any car accidents?
Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

Are you prepared to provide information about your car?

Make and model of car?
Year?
Is there a lien-holder or bank interest in the car?
How long have you owned the car?
What is the working condition of the car?
When was your car last serviced or seen by a mechanic?
What damages were sustained to your car during the accident?
Have you received an estimate for the damages?
Did your car have any damages, dings or dents prior to the accident?
Do you have photographs of you car both before, and after, the accident?

 

hs_dustin_humphreyDustin joined the SBW&P team in 2010, coming to us from one of the oldest firms in Cincinnati.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Bellarmine University, summa cum laude, and his law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University,  where he graduated cum laude. Dustin’s law practice includes personal injury law, medical malpractice law, business law including corporations, LLCs and business planning, real estate law, probate law, estate planning, employment law, and family law.