Car Accident Claim: What Should I Bring to My Initial Consultation?

If you have been injured in a car accident, then there’s a good chance you need to talk to an Annapolis injury attorney. Most people are in no position to deal with the insurance adjuster in the days and weeks following their car wreck. More than likely, you’re in a lot of pain and dealing with the injuries you suffered in the accident. At the same time, you understand that you need to move quickly to get your car accident claim filed. This is why it’s a good idea to call one of our Annapolis car accident lawyers as soon as you can after your crash.

We offer all new clients a free, initial consultation. This gives you a chance to sit down with an attorney and have them review your case. They’ll answer any questions you might have and do their best to give you an idea of what your case is worth. In order to make the most of this consultation, there are certain pieces of information you need to bring with you. Here, we will discuss what these things are and why it’s so important that your attorney has a chance to review them early enough to make a difference.

Make Sure to Bring a Copy of Your Police Report

One of the most important pieces of information our Annapolis car accident lawyers will need is a copy of the police report. After your accident, you need to call 911 for a variety of reasons. First of all, you are legally required to report any accident that results in personal injury or property damage of more than $500. There’s no way to assess how much property damage was caused when you’re at the accident scene. And to be honest, there’s no way to know for sure if anybody was injured. Sometimes injuries don’t show up for days or even a week after the accident.

The other reason you need to call the police is because they will come out and do a thorough investigation of the crash. They will put all their findings into their police report and make this report available to you and anyone else involved in the case. When you meet with your Annapolis car accident lawyer, this will be the most pivotal piece of evidence they will need to review. This report will give them an unbiased view of what happened and who may be liable to pay your car accident claim. It will also provide them with contact information for any eyewitnesses to the crash. If they do decide to take your case, they will at some point need to speak with these witnesses and get their statement.

Your Annapolis Car Accident Lawyer Will Need a Copy of Your Medical Records as Well

Another important piece of evidence you’ll need to bring with you is a copy of your medical records. As we tell all our clients, you need to go to the hospital immediately after your car accident. You have no idea whether you’ve been injured or not. You may feel fine, but that could just be the adrenaline talking. Hours after the accident you may start to feel the pain and discomfort that you didn’t notice at the scene. When you go to the hospital, the doctors there will run the necessary test to see if you have suffered any injuries.

The reason you’re an Annapolis injury attorney needs a copy of your medical records so they have an idea of what kind of damages they can demand in your car accident claim. For example, if the only injury you suffered was whiplash, your case may not be worth taking legal action. If, however, you suffered serious injuries, you may be entitled to significant damages. Since every case is different, your Annapolis injury attorney will need to review your medical records in detail.

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Don’t Forget Any Correspondence from the Insurance Company

When you meet with your Annapolis car accident lawyer for the first time, they will want to take a look at any correspondence you have received from the insurance company. This includes emails, letters, and even text messages. This correspondence should give your attorney a good idea of where the insurance company stands with respect to your car accident claim. For example, if you have received a letter of denial, your attorney will need to see why your claim was denied. Sometimes there is just a code on your letter of denial but other times there is substantive information that your attorney can use. It’s also important that your Annapolis injury attorney notify the insurance carrier that they’re representing you so that all future correspondence comes to our firm and not to your home.

Keep a List of Any Questions You Think of In the Weeks Before Your Consultation

One piece of advice we give any potential client is to keep a notebook nearby so you can write down any questions you may have. In the days and weeks prior to your consultation, you may think of questions that you don’t want to forget. Rather than try to remember all of them for the day of your consultation, write them down in your notebook. This gives you a chance to bring the notebook with you to your consultation and ask the most important questions about your car accident claim. If time allows, you can ask your Annapolis car accident lawyer some of the other questions on your notepad. The fact that you’ll have this in writing also gives you a chance to write down any notes during your consultation with your attorney.

Our Annapolis Injury Attorneys Want to Make the Most of the Time They Spend with You

The main point of having a free consultation is to give you a chance to see if you want to retain our firm to represent you. But it also gives our Annapolis car accident lawyers a chance to see if your case has value. Since we do work on a contingency basis, we only accept cases that we feel have a good chance of settling. Since the consultation is free, neither party has anything to lose. Simply call our office and schedule a date and time to come in and meet with one of our seasoned Annapolis accident attorneys today.

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