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If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, and you wish to take legal action, you will need the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. A legal battle can be a long process, but it is important to start somewhere. The first step of this process is an initial consultation. Read on to learn more about an initial consultation, what to bring, and how to be as prepared as possible.

What Should I Bring to my Initial Consultation?

The purpose of an initial consultation is to familiarize your attorney with your case. In order to do that, you should bring a few documents with you. These documents may include:

  • A written account detailing the events of, and after, your accident
  • A copy of the police report if the police were involved
  • 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
  • Proof of the accident
    • This may include photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that may have caused your accident. It may also include the contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident occur.
  • Your health insurance information and any other applicable insurance information (if you were involved in a car crash, you will want to bring your car insurance information)
  • A list of questions you intend to ask your attorney

What Will I Be Asked?

Your attorney will ask you a number of questions regarding your case. These questions may include:

  • Your official prognosis
  • How your injuries have impacted your daily life
  • Whether you have had any correspondence with the other party and/or their insurance company
  • Whether you have given any statements 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 York?

When recovering from a serious injury, it can be hard to even begin to think about taking legal action. In New York, you have three years after an injury to file a claim. This is referred to as a statute of limitations. If you miss the deadline, you may no longer be eligible to receive compensation. Make sure to reach out to a skilled and knowledgeable attorney to get the compensation you deserve.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.

$3,250,000

Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.

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Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.

$1,415,000

Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.

$995,000

Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.

$850,000

Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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