How to Prepare for Your First Meeting With a Maritime Lawyer
When you’ve been injured on the job, meeting with a maritime attorney should be your first step toward financial recovery. Make the most of your legal consultation by being prepared.
Your attorney needs to see documents and evidence in order to assess the strength of your case and to determine the best way to proceed.
Some lawyers like to streamline the collection of information by giving new clients a questionnaire to complete prior to the initial consultation. If your attorney does this, you should fill out and send this questionnaire to his office as soon as possible. This allows your lawyer to review the facts of your case ahead of your consultation.
Organize any documents relevant to your case and make copies. The documents to share with your attorney depend on the specifics of your maritime accident, but typical documentation includes:
- Witness names and contact information
- Accident reports
- Medical provider names and contact information
- Job-related documents, such as an employment contract or employee handbook
- Medical bills and hospital paperwork
- Photographs of your injuries and the accident scene
- Relevant correspondence between you and your employer
Consulting Your Attorney
Proper preparation for your initial consultation ensures your attorney has all of the information he needs; allows you to get answers to your questions; and saves time and money.
On the day of your appointment, arrive about 10 minutes early so you have time to evaluate the office and get comfortable.
When you meet with your lawyer for the first time, expect to discuss how your maritime accident occurred, the injuries you’ve suffered, and your medical history. To ensure that your attorney has all of the information he needs to represent you properly, it’s crucial to answer his questions honestly and thoroughly.
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