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What Should I Bring To A First Meeting With A Workers Compensation Attorney



Every workers' compensation case is different, but there are some documents that every individual consulting a workers' compensation attorney for the first time should bring with them to the meeting.

Find out First

Usually your lawyer will need you to fill out some kind of new client intake paperwork. Check with his or her office before your first meeting to see if they require such paperwork and if it is something that you can have access to and fill out prior to the first consultation appointment.

Contact Information

Be prepared to provide your lawyer with all of your current contact information. This includes:

  • Home address
  • Work address
  • Home telephone number
  • Cell phone numbers
  • Work number
  • Pager number, if applicable
  • Email addresses
  • Fax number, if available

Case Summary

Prepare a summary of your case in chronological order. Make sure to include:

  • Your employer's exact name, address, phone and fax numbers
  • Your hire date
  • How you were hurt; include details about what happened leading up to your injury
  • The exact location where your injury occurred; was it at your work station, in the break room, or in the parking lot? Be as specific as possible.
  • The name and telephone number of your immediate supervisor at the time of the injury and the supervisor you notified of your injury at the time of its occurrence, even if it's the same person.
  • Detailed information regarding your injury, including medical records if you have them.
  • Witness statements
  • Detailed information about what medical professionals you have visited about your injury. Start first with the first professional you saw and finish with the most recent. Include specialists like acupuncturists, massage therapists, and rehabilitative experts.
  • Past injuries, even if they are not work-related.
  • Your pay rate at the time of the injury and in the year before it.
  • Your company's employee handbook.
  • All correspondence relating to your claim, including phone calls, letters, and emails.
  • A calendar marked with all of the dates relevant to your claim; for example, mark dates where you received notices or went to see specialists.
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