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If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Taking legal action can be the last thing on your mind when you are recovering from a serious accident, but it is important to begin the process early. One of the first steps of the legal journey will be an initial consultation with a personal injury attorney. Read this blog to find out what an initial consultation entails and the best way to prepare for one.

What Should I Bring?

The purpose of an initial consultation is for your attorney to become more familiar with your case. The best way to help familiarize your attorney is to be prepared and bring the following documents:

  • A written account of events
    • Write up a detailed account of the events of your accident and the events that followed
  • Proof of injury
    • You will want to provide proof. This can consist of photos/videos from the accident, the contact information of anyone who may have witnessed your accident, etc.
  • Insurance information
    • You will want to provide your medical insurance information as well as any other applicable information. For example, if you are involved in a car accident, you will want to bring your auto insurance information.
  • Medical documents detailing the origin and extent of your injuries
  • Receipts detailing the cost of any medical expenses you incurred
  • Statements regarding the amount of time you missed from work due to your injury, resulting in lost wages and opportunities
  • Police report if applicable
  • A list of questions you want to ask your attorney

What Will I Be Asked?

You will likely have some questions to ask your attorney. Likewise, your attorney will have questions to ask you. Try to be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What is your official prognosis, according to your doctor?
  • How have your injuries impacted your everyday life?
  • Have you given a statement to your insurance company?
  • Have you had any correspondence with the other party or their insurance company?
    • If so, bring a copy of this correspondence.
  • Have you ever filed a personal injury claim before?

How Long do I Have to File?

In New York State, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is three years. This means that you have three years after the date of your accident to file your claim. If you miss this deadline, you will likely lose your chance of receiving compensation.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.