How to Prep for Your Initial Personal Injury Consultation

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If you have been injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be seeking to recover financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Before you attend your initial consultation with your personal injury attorney, it is important to know how to prepare. Continue reading to learn the information that you should bring to your consultation and the timeframe you will have to schedule your initial consultation. For further assistance, do not hesitate to contact our New York City personal injury attorney. Our legal team is prepared to assist you with your upcoming claim.

How do I prepare for my initial consultation with a personal injury attorney?

It is important that you bring various forms of documenting to your initial consultation after being injured in an accident. The following are the most important pieces of information you can bring to your first meeting with your lawyer:

  • Any relevant medical documents
  • A copy of the police report
  • Witness statements and contact information.
  • If you were injured in an incident of medical malpractice: your doctor’s information
  • If you were injured in an auto accident: pictures of the scene of the accident
  • If you were injured on someone else’s property: pictures of the safety hazard that led to your accident
  • Any written or recorded correspondence with the other party or their insurance company.

How long will I have to schedule my initial consultation in New York City?

A good rule of thumb to rely on is to schedule your initial consultation with an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner, the better. New York State’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally three years. This means that you must file your claim within three years from the date of your accident. If you were injured in a case of medical malpractice, you must file your personal injury claim within 2.5 years of the date of the incident to take action against the negligence doctor. To learn more about these timeframes and to get started as soon as possible, give our firm a call today. We are prepared to take on your case when you are ready. Our legal team will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal and move forward with your life. To learn more, contact our firm today to schedule your initial consultation.


At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice and personal injury claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of negligence. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award.聽Contact our firm today.