CHECKLIST OF DOCUMENTS TO BRING TO ATTORNEY CONSULT AND QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS
If you have been in an accident in Utah, you should set up a meeting right away with a Utah personal injury attorney. You might have a little anxiety about the meeting, including, about what documents you should bring to the meeting and what questions your attorney might ask. Knowing the answers to those questions will go a long way to resolving any anxiety and will help you to prepare to have a productive consult.
To ensure that your first meeting with your attorney goes as smooth as possible, you should bring as many of documents pertaining to your case as possible. Having those documents with you at your consult will help your attorney better assess your case.
In addition to bringing documents with you, please read the list below of questions your attorney might ask at the first meeting.
CHECKLIST OF DOCUMENTS TO BRING TO ATTORNEY CONSULT
Below is a checklist of potential documents, papers, and other evidence you should bring with you to your first meeting with your personal injury attorney. Not all of them will apply to your case. Review the list and bring as many of the applicable documents as possible to your meeting.
BRING THESE DOCUMENTS
MEDICAL RECORDS AND EXPENSES
- Hospital bills
- Ambulance bills
- Doctor bills
- Physical Therapist bills
- Chiropractor bills
- Emergency Room records
- Hospital records
- Diagnosis records
- Photos of vehicles
- Photos of accident scene
- Photos of property damage
- Photos of roadway/walkway conditions
- Photos of injuries
- Surveillance or other video
- Clothing/footwear worn during accident
- Text or e-mail communications
- Dates of missed work
- Proof of income (Paystubs or profit/loss
statement if self-employed)
- W2’s or 1099’s
- Doctor note that you cannot work
- Doctor release to return to work
- Any lost wages benefits you from employer,
insurance or other companies
- Any communications with your employer
regarding missing work
- Police Report
- Exchange of Information Form
(given to you at the accident scene by police)
- Incident Report
- Workplace Accident Report
- Vehicle repair estimates
- Vehicle repair bills
- Workers’ Compensation Investigative Report
- Private Investigator Report
- Governmental/Agency Report
- Copy of your auto insurance policy
- Copy of your auto insurance “declarations page”
- Copy of your homeowner’s insurance policy
- Copy of business insurance policy
- Copy of umbrella insurance policy
- Copy of any insurance company correspondence
- Notes from any call or communications
with insurance companies
- Medicare/Medicaid insurance information
- Driver’s License
- Health Insurance Card
- Medicare/Medicaid Insurance Card
- Alternate contact information in case of
- Auto insurance claim number
(if claim has been opened)
- Auto insurance adjuster contact information
(if you have spoken with one)
- Contact information for parties involved • Contact information for witnesses
- Rental car bills/payments
- Prescription bills/payments
- Insurance co-pay bills/payments
- Medical devices bills/payments
- Tow yard bills/payments
- Uber/Lyft payments
- Replacement clothing payments
- Replacement personal property payments
PERSONAL INJURY CONSULT QUESTIONS
Outlined below are some of the questions your attorney may ask during your first meeting. Do your best to be prepared to answer as many of them as possible.
|What symptoms did you have at the time of the accident?
|Describe how the accident occurred?
|What symptoms do you still have?
|Have you spoken to any insurance companies?
|What is your level of pain?
|Which ones? And what did you tell them?
|What medical treatments have you received?
|Has a claim already been opened?
|Do you have any pre-existing injuries pertaining to your current symptoms?
|Were you able to get any contact information for witnesses?
|Have you been in any other recent accidents?
|What did the defendant say to you at the accident scene?