Illinois Personal Injury Claim Checklist

New Client Guide

If you have been injured in a car accident, a workplace accident, by a defective product, or any other circumstance in which you are less than 50% responsible The following checklist includes some of the most important steps you can take in the aftermath of an  injury to strengthen your claim and maximize your potential settlement.

1. Seek medical attention

Your health and well-being are your top priority. Seek medical attention immediately following your injury — even if you do not think you are seriously injured.

2. Contact the authorities

Call the police and other relevant emergency responders to the scene of the accident as soon as possible. Be sure to obtain a copy of the police report as this can be valuable evidence in your case.

3. Collect information

Obtain the names and contact information of all parties involved in the accident, as well as any witnesses. Take photos of the accident scene and any damages or injuries.

4. Consult a personal injury lawyer

Contact a reputable personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights and options. An attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process and will fight for the compensation you deserve.

5. Contact your insurance company

Notify your insurance company of the accident and provide them with all necessary information.

6. Keep records/documentation

Keep detailed records of all medical treatments, expenses, and lost wages related to the accident. These will be important in determining the amount of compensation you may be entitled to.

What Should I Bring to the First Meeting With My Personal Injury Attorney?

When meeting with your attorney for the first time, it is important to bring any relevant documents or information related to your case. Here are some items to consider bringing with you:

Medical records

Bring copies of any medical records related to your injury, including hospitalization records, doctor’s notes, diagnostic tests, and treatment plans.

Insurance information

Bring any insurance policies you have, including health insurance, car insurance, and homeowner’s insurance. We will review these policies to determine what coverage you may be entitled to.

Police report

If there was a police report filed at the scene of the accident, bring a copy of this report.

Witnesses’ contact information

If there were any people who witnessed the accident, bring their contact information.


Bring any photos you took of the accident scene, including pictures of the damage done and injuries sustained.


Bring any correspondence from insurance companies, medical providers, or other parties involved in your case.


Come prepared with any questions or concerns you have about your case. This will help us understand your situation and provide you with the guidance you need.

The more information you provide to your attorney, the better they can understand your case and advise you on the best course of action.

No Attorney Fee Owed Unless We Win. Contact Goldfine & Bowles Today.

At the Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C., we know how physically, emotionally, and financially devastating personal injuries can be. For this reason, our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that no attorney is owed unless we win your case.

Contact Goldfine & Bowles online or by phone at 309-328-3997 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Illinois personal injury attorneys.