What to Expect During a First Meeting With a Personal Injury Attorney in New Jersey

Personal injury accidents often cause substantial physical, emotional, and financial burdens to those involved. It is because of this that victims usually pursue legal action in order to recover compensation that covers these damages. In doing so, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance with your case. When going to meet with a New Jersey personal injury attorney for the first time, it is important to be prepared. 

What Should I Bring to the Meeting?

The first meeting with a personal injury attorney exists to provide the attorney with an understanding of your case and situation. This can be accomplished by providing them with proper documentation, outlining the incident and your injuries. It can be helpful to bring the following documentation to the consultation: 

  • A description of the accident with a chronological description of how the accident occurred and the injuries you sustained.
  • A copy of the police report from the accident. This provides another perspective as well as any information on whether any parties were ticketed or arrested.
  • The names and contact information of any witnesses so they can be used for testimony, later on, to back up your claim. 
  • Your medical records to prove your injuries.
  • Receipts of the expenses related to your injuries (out-of-pocket expenses, medical treatment, in-home care)
  • Photos or videos of the accident and your injuries
  • Your insurance information (health, automobile, renter, or homeowner policies)
  • If there was any contact with the other party in the accident or their insurance company. This can include letters, emails, phone calls, etc.
  • Any questions you have for the attorney regarding your case

What Questions Will I Be Asked?

It is important for the attorney to thoroughly understand your case in order for them to help you. This is usually done by asking a variety of questions relating to you and the accident, including the following: 

  • What injuries do you have? How are you feeling?
  • Have you seen a doctor? What was the prognosis?
  • Did you talk to any other lawyers or insurance representative about the incident? 
  • What medical and automobile insurance coverage do you have?
  • Did you give a statement about the accident to your insurance company?
  • Where are you employed/what do you do? How long have you worked there?
  • Have you ever been in an accident before?

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured as a result of a defective product and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.