Yesterday I met with my cousin Sam. He’s an attorney and he was very frustrated because he couldn’t move fast enough on his client’s cases. Without giving me exact details, he explained where the root of the issues was. He was missing random details from each case he was working on.
I advised him to create a checklist and forward it to his clients as soon as he gets contacted. If he tells them upfront what he needs he won’t have to worry about working so hard in steps. He can finish an entire case and then move on to the next one. Watching him suffer made me realize I had something to advise clients on when they plan to contact a personal injury attorney. Clients need to make sure they have all the information from the incident before they contact the attorney, ask questions in the beginning about what the attorney needs in order to keep the ball rolling. It is sometimes important for clients to work the case behind the scenes while the attorney is doing all the heavy lifting in the front. Working together can help the process along for everyone.
Have All The Information Up Front
Even though victims are not always seasoned attorneys, they can know enough to be ready to give something to the attorney to start working on the case. Be proactive, if you were in a car accident, get a copy of the police report. Find out information about the person’s insurance. If it’s a business, make sure you get the proper name and location of the store. Get a manager’s name for proof of contact and write down the details of the incident as soon as possible, while you can remember them clearly. Keep in mind that every place does not have working cameras. If you have a smartphone, be ready to take pictures. It is important to contact the attorney sooner than later because places that have cameras may not keep the footage.
Also, if it’s a business, get an incident report completed. Even if you are not hurt at the time, you don’t know how you will feel later, and it needs to be documented. Get a copy of the report if possible and be prepared to hand it over to your injury attorney phoenix az. Also, have any correspondence from the place or the person. If you received any letters in the mail or any notes, forward all of that information over.
Find Out What You Need
If you are not sure what the attorney may need from you, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Attorneys in the personal injury field know what information is important to have, but they may also be working in several cases. If they don’t advise you up front on what to hand over, ask them. Make yourself a list if that helps, that way you can compile everything and hand it over at once. You want to make it as easy as possible for you to get the help you deserve.