What Should I Bring to My Consultation with a Premises Liability Lawyer?
Even if you haven’t had time to gather evidence, it’s important that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Your attorney will know the kinds of evidence needed to strengthen your claim, and much of it could be time sensitive.
After you’ve set up the consultation, take a moment compile any of the following documents and evidence that you already have:
- Any Official Reports: If an incident report was drafted or if police attended the scene and created an accident report, it’s a good idea to bring these documents to your initial consultation. The insurance company will review them when investigating your claim, so their contents could have a major impact on how your case unfolds.
- Medical Records: Your Boynton Beach premises liability attorney will need evidence to prove the existence and severity of your injury. Such evidence may include diagnostic imaging such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs; prescription records; and documentation of any physical therapy and other treatments suggested by your doctor. You should also bring along any medical bills you’ve incurred.
- Financial Documents: If you had to miss work to recover from your injury, your lawyer will need documentation to prove the number of days you missed and the amount of compensation you lost as a result. Paystubs, income tax returns, 1099s, and bank statements may all serve as valuable evidence.
- Receipts and Invoices: Have you incurred any miscellaneous costs due to your injuries such as child care or domestic help? It may be possible to include these expenses in the settlement calculations.
- Contact Information of Relevant Parties: Bring along any contact information of eyewitnesses, the property owner or possessor, and the address of the property where your injury occurred.
- Relevant Correspondence: Has anyone affiliated with the opposing party or the insurance company reached out to you yet? It’s a good idea to let your Boynton Beach premises liability lawyer handle all such dialogue, but if you’ve already exchanged emails or other correspondence, bring them to your initial consultation. You should also bring a written description of any statements you provided over the phone.
- A Written Description of What Happened: As soon as possible, you should record everything you remember about the accident that caused your injury. Relevant details include the time, date, location, whether there were witnesses present, a description of the hazard that caused your injury, what you were doing in the moments leading up to the accident, and how people at the scene responded to your injury. Bring this description to your initial consultation.
- Photos and Video Footage: If you took photos of your injury, the dangerous condition that caused your injury, or the scene, it’s important that you bring them to your first meeting with an attorney. Our lawyers can also visit the scene to find out if a surveillance camera captured the incident. Such footage might play a critical role in proving actual or constructive knowledge, negligence, causation, and damages.