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If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you must meet with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure you understand your legal options. Meeting with a personal injury attorney for the first time can be overwhelming. However, this initial consultation is pivotal in shaping your case. Please continue reading to learn what you can do to best prepare for your initial consultation and how a seasoned New York City Personal Injury Attorney can help you fight for the justice you deserve.

How Should I Prepare for My Initial Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney?

When you meet your New York City personal injury attorney for the first time, you must bring the proper documentation to provide a comprehensive overview of your case to ensure a productive and efficient consultation. As such, you should organize and bring the following documents and files with you:

  • Accident reports (police or incident)
  • Medical records and bills
  • Photographs and videos of the accident scene, your injuries, and any property damage
  • Insurance information
  • Witness information
  • Employment records
  • Communication records (any correspondence with the negligent party, their insurance company, or their legal representation)

In addition to bringing all relevant documents related to your case, you should prepare a list of questions as a proactive step to help you get the most from your consultation. Many people forget their burning questions, leaving them unsatisfied. As such, you should list your concerns to ensure all your queries are answered and leave with a clearer understanding of the legal process ahead. For instance, you can ask questions like whether your case is better suited for a settlement or litigation for a fair outcome.

Furthermore, it would be best to outline your story before meeting your personal injury attorney for the first time. By organizing the details of the accident and injuries, they will better understand the sequence of events and identify any critical factors that could strengthen your case. In addition, having a detailed timeline will enable them to offer tailored advice given the unique circumstances of your case. A well-structured account of the accident should include dates, locations, and any important details or observations related to the incident that can help the attorney evaluate liability and assess what compensation you may be entitled to.

How Long Do I Have to Consult an Attorney After an Accident?

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you generally have three years from the accident date to file a personal injury claim, per the statute of limitations. Although three years may seem like ample time to file a claim, the strict legal deadline approaches faster than most people realize. If you fail to file your claim within the legally prescribed time limit, you will face the absolute bar of recovery. Therefore, you should consult an attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to another party’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact a dedicated attorney from Swerling Law, who will provide the guidance you need to achieve the best possible outcome for your personal injury case.


To a man who was assaulted at a restaurant and sustained a traumatic brain injury.


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.


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


To a man who sustained back injuries when he was a passenger in the car that rear ended another car.


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

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