There are several documents that are vital for you to bring to a meeting with an attorney about an accident case. First, you should bring your insurance policy—not just the insurance card, but the full policy if you have it. Second, you should bring the name and contact information for any insurance adjustors involved, either from your insurance or the other party’s insurance, including any letters or notices you have received. Third, you should bring a copy of the policy report. If you do not have the policy report yet, you should have a report number which the attorney can follow up on. Fourth, you should bring any pictures that you have, either of the accident site, or of the damage to the vehicles. Fifth, you should bring any pictures you have of your injuries, either when you received them or as you healed. Sixth, you should bring any medical records you have, such as reports or bills from medical providers. You will also need a list of doctors you have seen, as well as medications that you have been prescribed.
There may be additional documents which are needed, but these are needed in every case. Your attorney can inform you of any additional information which you will need to gather. One common item is any information you have from prior accidents. The other side on your case has the right to know about prior accidents to determine if the injuries you suffered where suffered in that new accident, or the old accident.
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