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What to Bring When You Meet Your Personal Injury Lawyer

If you’ve been injured by the negligence of another person, the path forward can be confusing. You probably recognize that you need legal guidance in order to fully protect your legal rights – in pursuit of your most complete recovery – but you may not know what to expect. Fortunately, there are some basics that can help you feel better prepared for your first meeting with your experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer.

What You Need to Know

You’re meeting with a personal injury lawyer for the first time, and you may be feeling nervous and may have no idea what to expect. While this is perfectly understandable, we’d like to put your mind at ease. The bottom line is that your personal injury lawyer is there to help you, and choosing one with whom you’re comfortable sharing personal information can play an important role. 

Because being well prepared for your first meeting can bolster your confidence and get your strongest case up and running as quickly as possible, gathering some documentation is a great idea. If you’re having trouble accessing any of the documentation, however, your personal injury lawyer can help.

The Police Report

If you were injured in a traffic accident, it likely generated a police report. If you were injured on a commercial property or on the job, it likely generated an accident report. These reports sometimes help strengthen a claim, and even when they don’t, they generally still play a primary role, which makes having a copy important. 

Your Medical Records

Your medical records are a critical piece of your personal injury claim. To begin, they outline the injuries you’ve suffered as a result of the accident, which will guide your claim. Only those records that address your accident-related injuries are needed. If, however, the accident made a preexisting injury worse, additional medical records can also play an important role. 

Your Pay Stubs and Other Receipts

Lost earnings are a common form of legal damage in personal injury claims, and the kind of evidence necessary to prove this category of loss generally includes pay stubs. Keeping track of any other related expenses is also important, which makes compiling all these receipts key.

Related Insurance Records

If you’re injured by someone else’s negligence, your claim will likely go through the at-fault party’s appropriate insurance provider. Regardless of whose provider you’ve used, however, sharing your insurance records with your lawyer early on helps. 

Eyewitness Testimony

The testimony of eyewitnesses and others often plays a pivotal role in personal injury claims. This can include all the following:

  • The testimony of eyewitnesses
  • Your own account of how the accident happened and how you’ve been affected by it 
  • The testimony of professionals with relevant expertise

Turn to an Experienced Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer for the Help You Need

The accomplished personal injury lawyers at The Horwitz Law Group in Chicago appreciate that you may be nervous about your first meeting, and we’d like you to know that we’re committed to making the process as streamlined and painless as possible. We welcome your inquiries and encourage you to schedule your free consultation by contacting us today.



Case Results


for a motor vehicle wrongful death case.


for a 75-year-old woman who suffered an above the knee amputation due to being run over by a private school bus.


for a young lady who was run over by a private waste hauling company while crossing the street.


for a trucking accident resulting in the death of the driver.


for a 70 year old man who died, without any living relatives, seven months after being hit by a car while crossing the street.


for a client whose family was killed by a street sweeper that ran a red light.


for a client injured in a 2005 Metra train derailment case.


for a minor rear-ended on an expressway in Kankakee.


for a premises liability accident resulting in below the knee amputation.


for a woman who was hit by a car while crossing the street.


for a client who was injured on the CTA red line train.


for a bicyclist hit by a car.


for a passenger injured in a rideshare rollover accident.


for a rideshare accident injury.


for a low-speed rear-end accident.


for injuries in a van accident pulling a trailer.


for a minor injured in a ride-share accident.


for a pedestrian injured due to a sidewalk defect.


for a passenger injured in a rideshare rollover accident.


for a driver injured in an auto accident.


for injuries from a right-turning truck.


for a family injured in an auto accident.


for a law enforcement officer rear-ended by a truck.


for a motorcyclist rear-ended.


for an individual injured by a dog.


for a bicyclist hit by a car while crossing the street.


for a driver rear-ended on the expressway.


for a client who had lawyers at another law firm trying to settle the accident case for only $60,000.

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