In a car accident? 7 things to bring when you first meet your lawyer

First, we hope you’re not seriously injured. If you’re not injured then you probably don’t need a lawyer, assuming your car is being properly repaired. But if you are injured and you want to see a lawyer then try to have the following ready for your initial consultation. You don’t have to have them all…but having them is a great start:

1. A list of all witnesses to the accident. If possible, provide contact information for the witnesses.
2. A list of all of your medical providers since the accident. Also, the names and contact information of your doctors in the 3-5 years preceding the accident.

3. A copy of your medical insurance card, if you have one.
4. Any photographs you or someone you know took at the scene of the accident.
5. Any letters or contact information from any insurance company adjuster: your insurance or the other driver’s.
6. A copy of the police report
7. A copy of your insurance card and policy (if you have it).

About Law Office Of Keith Short

Keith Short was born in Chicago in 1965. In 1980 his parents moved to Anna, Illinois where he attended high school. In 1989 he graduated from SIUC with degrees in Political Science and English. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he graduated in 1992. Mr. Short worked full time employment throughout college and law school: auto repair, cannery, legal clerkship. In 1991 he began a clerkship for the Hon. John Dibble of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Prior to graduation Mr. Short was offered an associate attorney position with Keefe and De Pauli, P.C. in Fairview Heights where his practice concentrated in the defense of Illinois and Missouri workers' compensation claims. In 2000 Mr. Short was hired by Hopkins Goldenberg as an associate attorney representing injured workers. In 2002 Mr. Short was offered a full partnership in a firm later renamed Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short, where his practice included toxic exposure litigation, medical malpractice and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Short has litigated product liability/brain damage cases; medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death claims and automobile accident cases. He has handled numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate Courts. Mr. Short also actively participated in the federal welding Multi-District Litigation set in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Short is a frequent lecturer having given seminars in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, San Diego, St. Louis, and New Orleans. He resides in Edwardsville, Illinois with his wife, 5 children and 3 step-daughters. On May 3, 2011 Keith Short was sworn in as a member of the Edwardsville City Council, having been elected to represent the city's 5th Ward. He has been assigned by Mayor Gary Niebur to the Public Safety Commission and the Public Services Committee.
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