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Preparing for a consultation with a personal injury lawyer

Designer Creative - 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.


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Top Causes of Big Truck Collisions

Designer Creative - Thursday, March 10, 2016

For the most part, big truck drivers are skilled and patient drivers. Although the size and weight of semi-trucks are related to the dangers, additional components contribute to big truck collisions.



Speeding is the No. 2 cause of semi-truck accidents, involving nearly 23% of commercial truck crashes. In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that nearly 18% of all large-truck drivers involved in a fatal crash had at least one prior speeding conviction. Typically, commercial trucks weigh about 80,000 pounds, and as their speed increases the force is made even more deadly.


Unfamiliar Roadways

Large trucks travel thousands of miles to meet their destination, and through their travel avoiding an unfamiliar roadway is almost impossible. If a driver is forced to detour, they may be looking into the distance, or off to the side to find an alternate route. It’s a crucial aspect for truck drivers to plan trips accordingly and be prepared.


Blind Spots

The typical tractor trail is 12 – 13 feet long. Although drivers are trained to check blind spots frequently and carefully, inadequate surveillance accounts for 14% of semi-truck wrecks.


Driver Fatigue

In 2003, driver fatigue was one of the top two causes for large truck collisions. That same year, the National Traffic Safety Board issued a rule stating that semi-truck and bus drivers must get eight hours of continuous sleep after 15 hours of duty or 10 hours of driving. Although the law’s implementation has seemed to help, fatigue is still one of the top five causes of semi-truck collisions.


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