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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.

Playground Safety Tips

BOLD Marketing - Friday, April 28, 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that nearly 200,000 kids in the U.S. get treatment in emergency rooms each year for injuries related to playground equipment. Below are some tips to help keep your child safe:

 

Check equipment for faults.

Before your child runs to the slide or jumps on the swing, examine the equipment for any rusted or broken parts and make sure the surface material beneath equipment is sand, mulch or shredded rubber. Surfaces such as asphalt, dirt or gravel do not absorb impact and may result in serious injuries if a child falls. Also, make sure the surfacing is at least 12 inches deep and extends six feet in all directions around equipment.

 

Have your child use age-appropriate equipment.

A 3-year-old should not use equipment meant for a 10-year-old. Most playgrounds provide separate areas with age-appropriate equipment for children under 5 years old.

 

Supervise your child.

Watch your children to make sure they play safely, and warn them if they are about to jump from a high surface or take other risks. Explain that shoving or crowding others on playground equipment can be dangerous. Teaching them safe behaviors will help them enjoy being outdoors while avoiding injury.

 

Despite your best efforts, a playground injury may occur. If that happens, the first step is to make sure your child receives medical care. Try to document the injury as thoroughly as possible and contact a personal injury attorney if you believe the injury is due to faulty equipment or negligence. To get started, check out our resources page or contact us at 877-337-6651 for a free consultation.

 

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


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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.