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What does your attorney need to know about your situation?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be thinking about speaking with an attorney about your legal options. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may be able to hold another individual or other entity accountable for the harm you have suffered by filing a personal injury claim. However, you must first relay the details of your situation to your attorney before deciding on a course of action.

It is generally a good idea to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs. As time moves forward, valuable evidence and memories about the situation may be lost. In addition, you may run into statute of limitations issues which may block your ability to file a claim in court. As soon as you can following your accident, speak with an attorney about the details of your situation.

As you prepare to meet with your attorney, consider gathering up any pictures, bills or notes you have written related to the accident. The more evidence you supply your attorney with, the more accurately your attorney will be able to assess your options. If you do not have any pictures, bills or related documentation, consider writing down your memories of the situation in as much detail as you can muster. This exercise will help to take the pressure off of you when your attorney asks you to recall the situation during the course of your meeting.

In general, your attorney needs to know as much about your situation as you do. At that point, he or she should be able to guide you through any options available to you.

Source: Findlaw Injured, “5 Things a Personal Injury Lawyer Needs to Know About Your Case,” Daniel Taylor, Oct. 24, 2014

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