The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates are experienced with Disability, Personal Injury and Employment claims.
When you are getting ready to meet with a lawyer about a disability claim, employment claim or personal injury claim, you may be wondering what to expect. Do you have to bring certain documents, remember certain dates and details?
For any type of claim, it is important that you bring your government issued ID with you so that your identity can be confirmed, and because it is required that your lawyer have a copy of your ID for their records once you become a client.
During the meeting, you will be asked questions about your education, employment, medical history so your lawyer can get a sense of your background and experience. It helps if you can provide the names of any medications you are taking, and the names of all the doctors/specialists you are seeing and any treatment facilities you are attending.
If you are wondering about bringing in medical records, your lawyer will be requesting relevant medical records after you sign what are called authorizations (a document that allows your doctors to release records to them) in order to have medical evidence to support your case. If you have doctor’s notes/reports that you have submitted to your insurer during the course of your claim for long-term disability benefits (if you tried to appeal on your own for example), you should bring them to the initial meeting, so your lawyer can have a sense of your condition.
One of the most important pieces of information your lawyer is looking for when it comes to disability claims is the denial letter from the insurance company. If you have a copy of this letter, you should provide it to your lawyer, and provide your lawyer with copies of all correspondence from the insurance company. If you do not have a copy, you need to provide your lawyer with as many details as possible about the denial of your claim. Your lawyer needs to know information such as your date of disability, how long you were paid benefits for (if you were paid benefits at all), when the benefits were terminated or denied, and if you appealed, when the appeals were denied.
When it comes to employment matters, a detailed description of the events that occurred at work is important. If you have time to prepare an outline of what happened before the meeting or shortly after, it will help your lawyer understand what transpired. Any letters received from your employer such as termination letters/severance offers are important or copies of correspondence relating to such matters.
For personal injury matters such as slip and fall/trip and fall claims, documents such as incident reports, witness information, pictures, or anything recording the details of what happened is helpful for your case. As with a disability claim, your lawyer will need to know the names of your doctors, clinics, medications etc. as it is important to show how your life has changed since the incident. The same applies for a not-at fault car accident.
If you have suffered a personal injury, have an employment matter or if your long-term disability claim has been denied for any reason, you should contact a lawyer to learn more about your rights and obligations. Our firm offers a free initial consultation with a licensed lawyer that can be arranged at a date and time that is convenient for you.
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