If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, you will want to find a skilled personal injury attorney. It is important to conduct research and find the attorney that will best suit your needs. Once you have done this, you will have an initial consultation with your attorney. To help this meeting go smoothly, it is important to be as prepared. Read on to learn more about initial consultations, the best way to prepare, and what you can expect.
What Should I Bring?
An initial consultation is just a meeting for you and your attorney to discuss your case. The purpose of this is to familiarize your attorney with the details of the case. The best way to do this is to be organized and prepared. You should bring a few documents with you. These documents may include:
- Proof of accident
- You should bring photos and videos from the scene of the accident, as well as the contact information of those who may have witnessed your accident
- A written account of your accident and the events that occurred after it
- A copy of the police report or medical assistance regarding the accident
- Medical documents detailing the extent of your injuries and any receipts of medical bills
- Documents detailing the amount of work you missed as a result of your injury
- Medical insurance information and any other applicable insurance information
- A list of questions you wish to ask your attorney
What Will I Be Asked?
Your attorney will want to ask you some questions to help him or her better understand your case. These questions may include:
- Your official prognosis, according to your doctor
- The extent to which your injuries impact your everyday life
- Whether you have had any correspondence with the other party or their insurance company (if so, bring a copy of this correspondence)
- Whether you have filed a personal injury claim in the past
- Whether you gave a statement to your insurance company
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
There is a certain amount of time you will have to file your claim. In Maryland, you will have three years from the date of your injury to file a claim. This is referred to as a statute of limitations. If you do not file a claim in time, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. It is important to reach out to an attorney as soon as you are ready to begin the legal process.
Contact our Firm
If you have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Ruben Law Firm today.