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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 10 Most Dangerous Jobs In The U.S.

Designer Creative - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

For many workers, each day on the job brings the threat of injury. Although they may do everything possible to stay safe, accidents and machine malfunctions happen. Below is a list of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America, as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


10) While transporting dangerous machinery such as mowers, landscapers face the threat of injury every day.


9) Power line installers and repairers are most often injured by shocks and burns from electrical lines.


8) Because truck drivers spend a lot of time on the highway, many are injured in vehicle crashes.


7) Farmers are frequently hurt by equipment malfunctions, particularly tractors.


6) Falling is the greatest threat for iron and steel workers.


5) Vehicle collisions are especially dangerous for garbage collectors, who typically ride on the side of trucks.


4) Roofers deal with the constant risk of falling from high places.


3) Plane malfunctions kill or injure many aircraft pilots each year.


2) Fishing workers face many threats at sea, particularly the destruction of boats and ships.


1) And the number one most dangerous job in America is logging workers. Due to injuries caused by falling objects such as limbs from trees, this workforce has the highest on-the-job injury rate.


Educate yourself about your rights if you’re injured while at work and contact us if you have questions about a potential personal injury claim: 1-877-337-6651.


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Job site injuries: When to contact an attorney

Designer Creative - Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Many companies have specific programs aimed at avoiding work-related injuries. Safe work practices and efforts to avoid injuries are important for employers and employees alike. However, once an injury happens, it’s not in your best interest to avoid reporting the incident.


When an injury is not reported, an employer can deny medical treatment and benefits for missed time from work. Reporting an injury properly will prevent many potential problems that could affect your claim for compensation.


Reporting the injury properly and quickly will protect you against an employer who might claim that you were injured outside the workplace. You should report an injury as soon as possible. If possible, report the injury in writing or in the presence of a reliable witness. Using an accident report form provided by your employer is best.


If you experienced a work-related injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. With over 100 years of trial experience and a dedication to honesty and integrity, Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz has represented working families with sound legal advice and guidance when they need a lawyer most. If you have experienced a job site injury and aren’t sure if you need an attorney, please call us at 1-877-377-6651 for a free case evaluation today.

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

© 2018 Cook Barkett Ponder & Wolz. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited.



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.