Be prepared: What to bring to your initial consultation


If you have been involved in an automobile accident and have sustained damages or injuries, contacting an attorney can be an important first step in maximizing your settlement. After you set up your initial consultation with your attorney, you should gather all the materials that are relevant to your case so that your attorney will have the most information possible to evaluate your case. The more information your attorney has about your case, the more accurately he or she will be able to assess your claim.

Here are some of the documents you should bring to your initial meeting with your attorney:

  • A copy of your insurance policy.

  • Any correspondence you have received from your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company.

  • Police reports documenting the accident.

  • Photographs from the scene of the accident, damage to vehicles, or physical injuries.

  • Names and contact information of the other parties involved and witnesses.

  • Medical records documenting any injuries you may have sustained due to the accident.

  • Any other documentation related to your accident.

The information you bring to document your case will help to facilitate a fruitful first meeting with your attorney.