How to Prepare for a Consultation with an Injury Lawyer

  • Personal injury cases can be overwhelming enough just dealing with the injuries themselves and the losses that follow. Meeting with an attorney can seem intimidating and even a little scary.

    If you or someone you care about has been harmed through another’s negligence, you may find yourself preparing to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. Here’s what you need to know, so that you can walk into your new attorney’s office feeling as confident and as prepared as possible.


    Fill Out Any Questionnaires or Other Paperwork You Have Been Given

    Your prospective attorney may give you a questionnaire or other paperwork to fill out before your initial consultation. The purpose of this paperwork is to streamline your initial consultation and to give the attorney information to refer back to later.

    Make sure you complete the questionnaire as fully as possible.


    Bring Any Written Documentation You May Have

    Bring any documentation you may have of your injuries, the accident, any medical treatment you have received, and any other damages you’ve sustained. This documentation could take a number of different forms, including the following:

    • Copies of accident reports or police reports
    • Medical records related to your injuries, including details regarding your diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and plan for future care
    • Copies of your medical bills

    Other documents that you should bring to your meeting might include information on work missed and income lost, and a calendar of important dates, such as the date of your injury and the dates of surgery or treatment.

    Copies of correspondence with your own or the other party’s insurance company, copies of insurance claims already filed, and relevant photographs—including pictures of the scene, property damage, and your injuries—are also helpful.


    Keep an Injury Journal

    Journal entries detailing your injuries, your medical treatment, your pain levels, your emotional and psychological distress, and the impact of your injuries on your day-to-day life can help your attorney get an idea of the types of damages you have suffered.

    With this information in hand, your attorney will be able to determine whether you have a case and how much compensation you may be owed.


    San Diego Injury Attorneys

    If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, we can help. Contact The Kindley Firm, APC, at 619-550-1313 or complete the form on our website for a free consultation.