After suffering serious injuries due to someone else's recklessness or negligence, you may feel lost. It is possible that your injuries have lasting consequences that result in you losing the ability to participate in activities you once loved or even being able to return to work. It is not unusual for financial fears and other issues to stem from an injury-causing accident.
Unfortunately, the major life change that you experienced could also bring on other conditions, such as depression. When under the cloud of such issues, you may not know where to turn. However, after an injury-causing event, you may have the ability to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Discussing your case
Many Minnesota residents choose to file personal injury claims after suffering serious injuries due to the actions of another person. You may have never been in this position before, so you may not know what to expect from such a case. Fortunately, you can begin to gain information by discussing the incident and your injuries with an attorney.
When first meeting with an attorney, your consultation will essentially act as a fact-finding mission. The legal professional will likely ask you a number of questions and discuss various topics, including the following:
- Whether you have spoken to anyone else about the accident
- What your insurance coverage is like
- What your injuries are, your prognosis and other medical-related information
- Whether he or she has the time and ability to take your case
- Whether a referral to another attorney may be appropriate
- The possibility of seeking further medical attention
- Signing various documents, including a retainer agreement, a release of medical information authorization and others
This first meeting can cover a lot of ground, and it could go more smoothly if you already have information and documents ready to provide to your prospective attorney. The police report -- if one exists -- your medical records, witness contact information, contact information for other parties involved in the incident, insurance papers and other documents could provide a great deal of needed information.
Moving forward with a case
If your meeting goes well, you and the attorney may decide to either review your details further to determine whether you have a case or to go ahead and move forward with beginning a case. Of course, if your first meeting did not go well, you have the ability to seek the services of other attorneys. A personal injury claim can be a difficult experience, but it may be necessary in order to pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other harm.