What Should I Take to My Initial Consultation at a Personal Injury Firm?

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It is important to be prepared for your initial consultation with your personal injury attorney. Continue reading and reach out to our firm today to speak with one of our dedicated Essex County personal injury attorneys.

What documentation should I take to my initial consultation?

The goal of an initial consultation is to allow your attorney to become more familiar with your case. In order to best inform your attorney of the circumstances surrounding your case, there are several different documents you should take to your first meeting. These documents can include the following:

  • A written interpretation of the occurrences of the accident and the details that followed
  • Evidence of injury, including photos and videos from the accident and contact information of any witnesses
  • Health insurance and any other relevant insurance information
  • Medical documents describing the origin and extent of your injuries and receipts showing the cost of any medical expenses you incurred
  • Statements concerning the amount of time you missed from work as a result of your injury, resulting in lost wages and opportunities
  • If the police or medics were contacted, a copy of the report
  • A list of questions you would like to ask your attorney

What will my attorney ask me at my first meeting?

You should expect that your attorney will ask you a number of questions in your first meeting, just as you will for him or her. Some of the inquiries you should be ready to answer can include the following:

  • How have your injuries impacted your everyday life?
  • Have you ever filed a personal injury claim before?
  • Have you given a statement to your insurance company?
  • What is your official prognosis?
  • Have you had any correspondence with the other party or their insurance company? If so, bring a copy of this correspondence.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

If you were hurt as a result of another’s negligence and you would like to pursue legal compensation, you should recognize that there is a statute of limitations in the state of New Jersey. In New Jersey, you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. If you do not file promptly, it is very likely that you will no longer be eligible to receive the compensation you need to heal. That is why you will want to start this process right away. By scheduling an initial consultation with a skilled personal injury attorney, you are off to a great start. Contact us today to learn more.

Contact our Experienced New Jersey 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.