A personal injury accident often leaves a victim with both physical and emotional injuries. If those injuries were severe a victim’s entire life can be turned upside down overnight. If you were injured in a personal injury accident and another party caused, or contributed to, the accident that caused the injuries, you could be entitled to compensation. Making an appointment with one of our experienced personal injury accident attorneys is an important first step toward getting your life back in order. Unless you have been through a personal injury lawsuit before, however, you may feel unprepared for your meeting. You are likely wondering “What should I bring with me to our initial personal injury meeting?” Although every accident, and every victim, is unique, it may help put your mind at ease to have a list of things commonly needed at an initial meeting.
- Police report – this can typically be obtained online or by visiting the police department’s records office in the county where the accident occurred. Note, however, that it frequently takes a week or longer for the report to be available to the public.
- List of contacts – it will save time at the meeting if you prepare a list of names and contact information for people your attorney may eventually need to speak with ahead of time. This may include your insurance adjuster, the at-fault party and his/her insurance company, any witnesses to the accident, your primary physician and any other doctors you have treated with or are planning to treat with, and your employer.
- Narrative – taking the time to write out, in your own words, exactly what happened is always a good idea. Doing so as soon after the accident as possible ensures that details are not lost over time.
- Hospital bills – any hospital or medical bills you have already received.
- Estimates – if your vehicle, or any other property, was damages in the accident you should get at least two estimates for repairs and bring them with you.
- Insurance information – a copy of your liability insurance policy, if applicable, is best; however, if that is not available just write out the company name, policy number, insured’s name, adjuster’s name and phone number, and coverage limits
- Photos – if you were able to take pictures of the accident at the time or shortly thereafter they can be helpful down the road.
- Questions – because they are nervous, people often forget even their most important questions if they don’t write them down.
If you believe you are the victim of a personal injury accident and you have yet to make an appointment, contact the Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Broussard & Hart, LLC by calling 337-439-2450 to schedule your appointment today.