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Preparing for a consultation with a personal injury lawyer

BOLD Marketing - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Scheduling a consultation with a personal injury attorney is a big step toward gaining compensation for you or your loved one. However, to make the most of your meeting, there are a few items you should organize and bring for the attorney to review.

 

What to bring to an initial consultation

 

A narrative of events

If you have not already written down everything describing the event that left you or a loved one injured, do so before you meet with an attorney. A written narrative will help you keep your thoughts organized and help ensure you do not leave out important details. If possible, include relevant dates, times, addresses and names. The more specific your narrative is, the better.

 

Copies of all forms relevant to the injury:

  • •Incident or accident reports

    • •Drivers’ licenses

      • •Contact information of everyone involved

      • •Medical paperwork and bills

      • •Records of lost wages or missed work days

  • •Insurance policies

 

Copies of correspondence

Anything you have about your personal injury in writing can be helpful for your case. For example, if you were emailing your insurance company about the injury, bring email copies to the consultation. Informal means of communication, like text messages with a supervisor about missing work or even with a friend about the pain you’re experiencing, can help a lawyer gain more insight into your situation.

 

A list of questions

Take some time before your meeting to sit with a pen and paper away from distractions and jot down every concern that comes to mind. Once you’re done, reform your thoughts into a list questions for your meeting. Here are some ideas to get you started:

•How many personal injury clients have you represented?

•What is your communication process?

•What steps do I need to take to help us reach a successful outcome?

•Do you think an expert witness would help in my case? Would you be able to contact one?

•Does the statute of limitations apply to my case?

•Would you be handling my case or would there be a team to support me?

 

A personal injury attorney should never charge you for an initial meeting. You both should be taking this time to get to know each other and learn more about how you could work together.

 

To see if our experienced team of professionals is right to represent you or your loved one, contact us to set up a no-cost consultation.

 

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based upon advertisements alone.

Automotive Crashes and Pedestrians

BOLD Marketing - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

In May 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released pedestrian data from 2014.

 

         - While the trend for total vehicle fatalities lowered by nearly 10,000 from 2005 to 2014, the percentage of pedestrian fatalities out of total vehicle

         fatalities has increased from 11 to 15 percent. In other words, automotive crashes are becoming more fatal for pedestrians.

 

          - Adults 50 to 59 made up the highest total number of pedestrians killed in 2014, at 942 deaths, and the second largest age group, with 745 deaths,

          was adults 20 to 29.

 

          - Alcohol involvement — for the driver and/or the pedestrian — was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities.

 

Pedestrians should remain cautious when crossing roads, especially outside of intersections and crosswalks. Inebriating substances used by both motorists and pedestrians increase the chance of a catastrophic event.

 

To help our community remain safe, we rely on each other to practice attentive and careful driving.

 

To learn more about your rights as a pedestrian, contact Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz for a free consultation: 1 (877) 337-6651.

 

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

 


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The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based upon advertisements alone.

© 2017 Cook Barkett Ponder & Wolz. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited.