You want to be as prepared as possible for your first meeting with a personal injury lawyer. Most initial consultations are a great opportunity to get an idea of how your attorney might handle your case. To give accurate feedback, your personal injury lawyers need all the information about your case you can offer.
at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, our personal injury lawyers in Providence, RI hold in-person initial consultations with the lawyer that will handle your case. This page contains some suggestions to how to handle a meeting with a personal injury trial lawyer from our firm.
You should think of your initial consultation as similar to a job interview or a business meeting. You are interviewing this person for the position of your personal injury attorney, and your potential attorney is considering that position as well. Arrive on time, be courteous, and expect the same from the Providence, RI injury lawyers from our law firm.
Most lawyers will begin by guiding the conversation to help discover important details about your life. Questioning then continues into the facts of your injury or loss, and the actions or inactions that caused it. If we believe we an help you, we will open a file and begin a thorough investigation or proceed directly with a lawsuit if appropriate.
It is important to keep careful records prior to meeting with a Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn Providence, RI personal injury attorney, and you should bring those documents to your initial consultation.
Documents to bring to your initial consultation.
You should bring whatever documents, like medical records or police reports, that you might have. However, don’t waste time trying to collect everything before the meeting by collecting them yourself. The lawyers and staff at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn can do that for you. The following things are important, if you have them:
- Police or accident reports
- Hospital, doctor, rehabilitation, or therapy records
- Text messages, voice mail recordings, or any other digital information directly related to the claim, like communications with the negligent party
- Medical bills
- Notes or calendars and diaries you may have made
- Insurance records detailing coverage of medical expenses
- Doctors’ reports on your diagnosis and future treatment
- Documents estimating future medical costs
- Information from your employer regarding the time you missed from work
- List of important dates (when accident occurred, surgery, treatment began, etc.)
- Correspondence with insurance agents
- Claims you have filed with insurance companies or workers’ compensation
Our personal injury lawyers in Providence, RI serve clients throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. During our initial consultation, we want to be able to give you as much information as possible. The more details you provide to your personal injury lawyer, the more likely he or she will be able to provide accurate, helpful advice.