How to prepare for a personal injury consultation: Essential items to bring.

How to Prepare for a Personal Injury Consultation: Essential items to bring.

What should you bring to your personal injury consultation at Blackwell Law? Here is a list of some of the things we would need during our consultation.


1) The Police Accident Report

How to Get a Police Report

By law, certain police records and violation reports prepared and maintained by the Police Department are accessible to the general public.

If you need to get a copy of a police report, do this. First, begin by researching the requirements of the police department responsible for the incident’s jurisdiction. Then, follow the department’s exact protocol for requesting and receiving those records. Start by checking the police department’s website. Expand your search to the city website if you don’t find anything on the police department’s website.

Obtain and Fill Out Request Forms

Some departments may require that you complete a request form, sometimes called a request for public records. This may also be known as a request for open records. When you check the department website, see if you can download the request form from their site. If so, fill out the request form and submit it according to the directions.

Most request forms will require you to provide the first and last names of at least one of the involved parties. In addition, you’ll need the location, date, and time of the incident, and in some cases, the incident or case number.

Submitting the Request Form

You will have to email the form, send it via regular mail, or submit it in person. A valid ID and payment of a nominal processing fee are usually required to obtain copies of the document. The originating agency may also require that you sign a written disclaimer stating the information in the document will not be used for solicitation purposes.

Important Notes Regarding Submitting Requests for Police Reports

  • It may take a few days or more to obtain the official documents
  • Charges for obtaining copies of the documents may vary by city or jurisdiction
  • Very few departments allow access to records online

Access to these records varies greatly from one jurisdiction to another. In some areas, the information may be relatively easy to obtain. In other areas, the information may only be accessible to the parties involved in the incident or their agent (such as a lawyer).

It is also possible that the record of a specific incident is available, but the personally identifying information is hidden.

Freedom of Information Act Requests

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press created a helpful website that helps users create, send, maintain, and share Freedom of Information requests. Registered users can submit requests at the federal and state level. Visit the IFOIA website for more information.


2) Pictures of the accident and any injuries you may have

When preparing for a personal injury consultation, it is important to bring any relevant evidence that can help support your case. Pictures are a great way to visually document the extent of the damage caused by the accident, as well as any physical injuries that you may have sustained. This evidence can help your attorney better understand the circumstances of the accident and the extent of your injuries. When taking pictures, it is important to capture the scene from multiple angles and to focus on any visible injuries. If possible, it is also recommended to take pictures of any property damage, such as damage to your vehicle. By bringing pictures to your personal injury consultation, you can help provide your attorney with a clear understanding of the incident and the damages you have suffered, which can ultimately strengthen your case.

3) Copies of any claims that have been filed

If you are seeking copies of any claims that have been filed, it is important to identify the context of the claims you are referring to. Claims can be filed for a wide range of reasons, such as insurance claims, legal claims, or even warranty claims. Depending on the type of claim, the process for obtaining copies may differ. For instance, if you are seeking copies of an insurance claim, you may need to contact your insurance provider or the provider of the individual who filed the claim. Similarly, if you are seeking copies of legal claims, you may need to consult with a lawyer or the relevant court. Understanding the specific context of the claims you are referring to will help you to determine the appropriate course of action for obtaining copies.


4) Your medical records

By bringing your medical records to your appointment, your lawyer can review your medical history and make more informed decisions about your current health status and any potential treatments or interventions that may be necessary. Additionally, bringing your medical records can help to avoid duplicative tests or procedures, saving you time and money in the long run.


5) The adjuster’s name and contact information and any communication from the insurance company

It is important to document any communication you have with the insurance company. This includes noting the adjuster’s name and contact information, as well as any communication you receive from the insurance company, such as letters, emails, or phone calls. Keeping detailed records of all communication can help you stay organized and ensure that you have a clear understanding of the status of your claim. Additionally, if there are any issues or disputes that arise during the claims process, having a record of all communication can help you to provide evidence to support your position. If you are unsure about how to document communication with the insurance company or have any questions about the claims process, you can reach out to your insurance provider or a legal professional for guidance.


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