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Preparing for Your Initial Legal Consultation After an Auto Accident with a Personal Injury Lawyer

Shay + Associates Law Firm personal injury lawyer in Springfield and Decatur, Illinois

One of the most important aspects of successful legal representation is to be completely organized before your first conversation. It can be overwhelming, but this checklist may help you.

Every case is unique. Bring all the documentation you can. Items that you think may not be relevant could actually be very important.

Photos of the Crash Scene and Vehicle

If you, a passenger or a witness took photos on the day of the accident, bring those to your first consultation. If you do not have your own photos, double-check the police reports and insurance claims for photographic evidence.

Police Reports

The official report will not only have photos of the accident scene, but it will also have witness statements and formal summaries written by the responding officers. If an ambulance responded to the scene, it should have this documented too.

Insurance Documentation

Bring claims, phone transcripts, towing receipts, and repair estimates. All of this factors into the financial sum the other party may owe you.

Health Records

Make sure you have photos of your injuries, diagnoses, dates when you received care, copays and estimated out-of-pocket expenses.

Workplace Affidavits and Applications for Disability

If your injury has caused you to miss work, bring evidence of correspondence with your superiors, including dates of work you have missed. Also bring documentation that shows you have applied for disability, if relevant.

The more evidence you can bring to your first legal consultation, the better. It can be a long process, so coming prepared on day one saves everyone valuable time.

Don't hesitate to reach out to Shay + Associates Law Firm if you require the expertise of a skilled personal injury lawyer in Springfield or Decatur, Illinois.

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