How to Prepare for Initial Consultation with a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney?
Experiencing any kind of severe injury will take a toll on your physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing, but spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are particularly overwhelming. Unlike bruises, cuts, fractures, and other kinds of collision injuries, SCIs may cause permanent damage.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, new SCIs have most often resulted in tetraplegia since 2010. Tetraplegia, often called quadriplegia, arises from injury to the cervical area of the spinal cord and causes some degree of paralysis in all four limbs.
Naturally, someone with tetraplegia will need lifelong care. Even the most independent people can expect to spend millions on medical rehabilitation, equipment, and home care over the course of their lifetime.
If you or someone in your family was paralyzed in an accident, contact Girardi | Keese. Our personal injury lawyers will assess the details of your case to identify all responsible parties.
We will then collect evidence of fault and damages so you have the leverage to negotiate for a fair settlement. Call 800-401-4530 to schedule a free consultation with a spinal cord injury attorney today.
Let’s examine a few ways you can prepare for your consultation:
1. Collect Any Evidence You Already Have
An experienced spinal cord injury lawyer will know how to gather important evidence on your behalf. However, collecting any proof you already have will ensure your case gets off to a strong start. Evidence worth bringing to the consultation includes:
- Photos of the accident scene
- The names and contact information of witnesses
- Official police report or incident report
- Letters or email messages from the insurance company
- News articles about the accident
2. Document Everything Regarding Your Diagnosis & Treatment
The amount of compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the severity of your injuries. Therefore, it is vital to document their progress from day one. Collect any records and receipts you have received concerning your diagnosis and treatment for the first consultation. Such documents might include:
- Medical records
- Pharmacy receipts
- Health insurance invoices
- Photographs of injuries
- Notes detailing the recovery process
- Reports from medical experts regarding your diagnosis
- Receipts from physical therapists, chiropractors, and other rehabilitation specialists
- List of medications you are taking
3. Compile a List of Questions
If you have questions for the attorney about the claims process, it is wise to write them down before your consultation. This will guarantee you do not forget to discuss any issues or concerns during the consultation.
Discuss Your Case with a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer today
If you or a loved one sustained a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence, Girardi | Keese is here to help you. We have 55 years of experience and an extremely long list of successful cases. If you have been injured or have a legal matter you would like to discuss with an attorney from our firm, please contact us by filling out our form here or call 800-401-4530