January 9, 2023 Posted In Pedestrian Accident
Many San Bernardino pedestrian accident attorneys offer free consultations during which you can discuss the details of your case and legal options. However, to get the most out of your meeting and help you narrow your search, it is critical to be prepared. Here is what to bring.
When you meet with a lawyer, you must be ready to tell your side of the story. To avoid missing any details, write down exactly what happened as soon as possible after your accident, including the date, time, what you were doing when the vehicle hit you, where you were, when you saw a doctor, what treatment you have received, your injury prognosis, whether you have already filed an insurance claim and the date you filed, etc. In addition, keep a daily journal documenting your pain from your injuries and whether they cause any physical limitations.
If you have the time to obtain copies of the following documents, be sure to bring them with you:
Any documentation you believe is relevant is worth bringing, as this is not an exhaustive list. However, don’t delay your consultation and search for a pedestrian accident attorney if you do not have some or all of these documents. It is far more important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible, and they will help you gather any missing evidence they need.
Prepare a list of questions to ask an attorney during the consultation. Here are some examples.
An attorney may not be able to give you definitive answers to each question but they should make you feel confident that they will be the best advocate for you.
Depending on how much documentation you are able to bring, an attorney may ask you tough questions to weed out baseless claims. Some people falsify injuries in an attempt to recover compensation. So that their time is not wasted, they may ask for details about the extent of your injuries and treatment, whether you were at all to blame for the accident, what you do for a living, personal finances, etc.
Keep in mind that searching for the right pedestrian accident attorney for your case can take multiple consultations with different lawyers. Therefore, trust your gut and ask as many questions as you can to ensure you feel comfortable in your final decision.