How To Prepare For Your Consultation with a Florida Car Accident Lawyer
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident? Are you confused about the steps to take to pursue a claim against the at-fault party? Many hesitate before filing a claim because it can become confusing and stressful. But it is your right to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.
When it comes to pursuing a car accident claim or filing a lawsuit, you should consider consulting with an experienced attorney – one who is familiar with the laws of Florida and who will try to guide you according to the unique specifics of your case.
Before you hire someone, you should have an initial consultation to familiarize them with the specifics of your case and obtain advice as to your legal options. Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers have a team of attorneys who are always willing to help out potential clients. The initial consultation and case evaluation is absolutely free of cost.Summary of the Accident
The most important part of the consultation will be to introduce the lawyer to the specific facts of your case. Write down a detailed account of the car accident. Include specific information like where it took place, what speed were you driving at, what time was it, what injuries you sustained, what injuries did the other party sustain, and what you think was the cause of the accident. Be truthful to the attorney and do not hide information. If you feel you may be possibly responsible for the accident, even partially, let your lawyer know.Evidence
Though the police will do the investigative work and collect the evidence from the site of the crash, if you can do anything to help it along, that would be great as well. If you are in the condition to, take pictures of the site of the crash, the vehicles, and the injuries. If possible, talk to the bystanders who witnessed the accidents and take their statements and contact information.Medical Reports
Perhaps the most important part of the puzzle is the medical reports. If you go to the hospital or a medical professional after the accident, a medical report will be generated. It will list your injuries, your treatment plans, medications, and follow-up checks with the doctors. Bring with you copies of any medical records or bills in your possession, this includes any discharge papers or prescriptions for medication.The medical reports and bills are important in determining the severity and documentation of the injuries.Pictures of Your Injuries
Take pictures or videos of any visible injuries. It is possible that the injuries may be healed by the time you try to settle your case or by the time your case goes to trial. The pictures could be circulated to show just how severe the injuries were post-accident. If you sustained any lacerations that developed into scarring, take photos of those as well.Insurance
Bring all of your insurance information, motor vehicle as well as health. Compile it all in one place and take it along to the meeting.School/Workplace
Details of your school or workplace may be required, as well as the number of days missed and lost wages so that this can be included in your claim.Property Damage Photos
If your car has sustained damages during the accident, such as dents, broken bumpers, and smashed windshields, take some photos of the damage to take to the consultation. Take photos of all vehicles at the scene. If you have received an estimate of repair, bring that paperwork as well.Records of Lost Wages
You would also need to provide your workplace information and your paycheck stubs, so calculation may be done about how much income you have missed out on due to the car accident injuries.Social Media
Avoid posting anything pertaining to the car accident or injuries on social media prior to a lawyer’s consultation. Your posts and photos are not “private” and can be discovered by the at-fault party’s insurance company or attorney.Silence
Your silence is one of the best things you can keep until you consult with or hire the services of a lawyer. There is no reason to divulge unnecessary information to people who have nothing to do with your case, or worse, people who are actively trying to ensure that you get the least amount of money possible. Do not discuss the car accident with anybody until you consult with a lawyer.Drivers License or Identification
Your formal identification information may also be required, so bring your ID card, driver’s license, and other relevant documentation along with you when you arrive for the consultation.Paperwork
If there is any additional paperwork that the lawyer has requested you to bring, make sure to keep them with you for the appointment. Make copies of the paperwork and keep them safe as they may prove useful later as documentation.Questions
If you have any questions, feel free to ask anything. Our lawyers and legal team are there to assist you. Make a list of the questions you want to ask, so you don’t forget anything important.
Frank & Kominsky Injury Lawyers offer free initial consultations and case evaluations for car accident victims. Simply call us or go to our website to book an appointment with our personal injury attorneys.