Preparing for that first meeting can give your case a head start and get the attorney-client relationship off to a good start. Showing up with some background information and relevant documents tells your attorney that you intend to work as a team.
- Write down how the injury happened, including who was there, who witnessed the incident, and what happened immediately after. Your attorney can refer back to this document if they have questions about what happened. He or she may want to contact witnesses at some point.
- Bring a copy of any notice you gave to your employer, or document how you told your employer about your injury and any response you received. If you told others at work, include that information as well.
- Know your medical diagnosis. Ask your doctor if you are unsure of the details. Bring the name and contact information for your doctor, as well.
- Bring the name and address of your employer. This is required in order to file a claim.
- Find out the name of your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier, if you can.
- If you have a pre-existing condition, or a prior injury to the same part of the body, bring a description of that for your attorney. A pre-existing condition won’t ruin your chances, but it does affect your case and it’s a good thing for your attorney to know upfront.
Having these items ready for your first meeting can save you and your attorney a lot of time. When making your appointment, it’s also a good idea to ask if there’s anything specific the attorney would like you to bring or look into ahead of time.
As we mentioned, an attorney and client should work as a team toward the same goal. This requires good communication and an attorney who always acts in the client’s best interests. We only recommend attorneys who take this approach.
If you would like a referral to a workers’ compensation attorney, please call 1 (800) 807-9530 for a confidential consultation. Or, fill out our contact form online, and we will call you. We do not charge a fee for our service.