If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will want to retain a skilled personal injury attorney. The first step of this process is an initial consultation. An initial consultation is a meeting with your attorney to familiarize him or her with your case. The best way to help your lawyer better understand your case is to come prepared! Continue reading to learn what to bring to an initial consultation and what to expect when meeting with an attorney for the first time.
What Should I Bring?
An initial consultation is a meeting that will introduce your attorney to your case. In order to do that, there are a few documents you should bring. These documents include:
- A written account detailing the events of your accident and after your accident
- A copy of the police report and/or medical documents relating to the accident
- The contact information of anyone who may have witnessed your accident
- Medical documents detailing the origin and extent of your injuries, any receipts detailing the cost of medical treatment, and the amount of time you missed from work resulting in lost wages or opportunities
- Photos and videos of the scene of the accident
- Your health insurance information and any other applicable insurance information
- For example, if you are suing because of a car accident, bring your car insurance information
- A list of questions you want to ask your attorney
What Will I Be Asked?
Your attorney will ask you several questions in order to become acquainted with you and your case. Some of the questions may include:
- Your doctor’s official prognosis
- The impact your injuries have on your daily life
- Whether you have had any correspondence with the other party and/or their insurance company
- If so, bring a copy of this correspondence
- Whether you gave a statement to your insurance company
- Whether you have filed a personal injury claim in the past
How Long do I have to File a Claim in New Jersey?
It is important to be aware of deadlines when it comes to filing a legal claim. This time frame is referred to as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, you can file a claim up to two years after your injury. If you miss the deadline, you might lose the chance to recover compensation.
When recovering from a severe injury, beginning a legal battle may be the last thing on your mind. When you are ready to recover the compensation you deserve, reach out to the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. We are here to fight for you.
Contact our Firm
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.