What to Expect at a Personal Injury Consultation
A large amount of the civil claims that are filed in this country these days consist of personal injury lawsuits and for good reason. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that over 45 million Americans require medical treatment for an injury at an emergency department every year. Many of these injuries result in hospitalization and require ongoing medical treatment. And while some of these injuries occur through pure misfortune or as the result of actions the injured person undertook, many others occur solely because of another person’s reckless or negligent behavior. For this reason, many injury victims choose to reach out to an experienced personal injury legal team about filing a claim. The process of pursuing a personal injury case always begins with an initial consultation.
But what does that mean and what should you expect?
Reaching Out for Legal Help is the Right Approach After Being Injured.
First and foremost, know that you have taken the right step by reaching out to obtain legal help. Regardless of whether it is an individual person or business entity that is responsible for your injuries, you should know that both companies and individuals frequently try to deny and minimize their own liability while blaming the person who has suffered an injury. After obtaining medical help following an accident where you are injured, know that the sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner you have the help of someone who is investigating your claim and helping you prove your assertions. Injuries you may consider filing a personal injury claim for include, but are not limited to:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Fractured skull
- Broken bones and fractures
- Spinal cord injury
- Facial lacerations and disfigurement
- Eye injuries and blindness
What Happens at a Personal Injury Consultation?
Your initial consultation will provide your attorney with the opportunity to hear your account of what happened. Before you leave to attend your appointment, take a minute to recall the details of what happened and if you haven’t done so before, write down any important information. While personal injury attorneys operate to work for your benefit, some people still find themselves nervous in the consultation and having something to look at can help jar your memory if you get tongue tied. In addition, you should gather and bring with you any documents that could be important to your personal injury consultation such as:
- Pictures or videos of the accident scene
- Pictures or videos of your injury
- Accident reports and any citations or tickets
- Witness statements and contact information
- Your insurance policy information
- Relevant medical records
- The contact information for your doctors
- Any correspondence sent to you by the other party, including settlement offers
After establishing that a legitimate case exists, your attorney will proceed to file a personal injury complaint in the proper civil court.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in an Accident Caused By Someone Else?
As the Jacksonville personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm, we have dedicated ourselves to helping people who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others. With decades of combined experience, we offer the help you need to assist you in gathering evidence and advocating on your behalf to give you the best chance of success at proving your claim. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.
The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Orlando, Miami, Ocala, Bradenton, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach areas.