If you sustain injuries in an auto collision caused by another driver, get medical care quickly. Then, contact a knowledgeable lawyer with experience handling these types of cases. You may already have a family attorney, and that's a wise choice for many situations.
But a lawyer who handles personal injury cases like car accidents understands the expediency necessary to secure evidence, get witness statements, and negotiate with insurance companies.
If you're in the Kansas City metro, take advantage of the free consultations that most attorneys offer to learn about your options and decide which attorney is right for you. However, you need to come to the appointment with the right documents so the legal advice you receive is appropriate and strategic.
What Happens at an Initial Consultation With a Lawyer?
Your first meeting with an attorney will generally last 30–45 minutes. Here's an overview of what you can expect.
Get Legal Advice
An attorney will want to discuss how your accident occurred and your resulting injuries. Once you provide this information, he'll give you advice about your right to compensation for your injuries, the next steps you should take, and how he can assist you.
Discuss Attorney Fees
During the consultation, make sure to ask about the details of the fee structure, as each law firm has a particular approach. We handle car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you won't pay any attorney fees unless we win your case through a settlement or at a jury trial.
Interview the Lawyer
Your initial consultation is also an opportunity to interview the attorney about his experience in car accident cases, his track record of success in settling and litigating these claims, how he communicates with clients, and other important details. Take a list of questions with you, and leave time for them during your appointment.
Documents to Bring to Your First Appointment
You have a lot to discuss at your initial consultation, and the time will go quickly. An attorney will be able to provide better legal advice if you bring relevant case documents to the meeting, such as:
- A police report or the report number
- Pictures and videos you took at the crash scene
- Contact information for any drivers involved in the collision and their insurance companies
- Contact information and statements of any witnesses to your accident
- Your insurance policy and declaration page
- Your driver’s license
- Your medical insurance card and Medicaid/Medicare card, if applicable
- Your vehicle repair estimates
- Receipts for any towing and car rental costs
- Bills and receipts for prescriptions and any medical treatment you received
- Any discharge papers or other documents regarding your treatment
- Contact information for doctors and other medical providers who treated you
- Contact information for your employer
- Pay stubs if you have taken time off work
Call Us Today to Discuss Your Case
If you were injured in a car accident, you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.