Personal injury law is an umbrella term that covers many different kinds, and causes, of accidents. These range from motorcycle accidents to bicycle accidents, from tractor trailer accidents to slip and fall accidents — and others.

Despite the differences in the circumstances surrounding personal injury accidents, there are also many commonalities. Here are five questions that your personal injury attorney will ask you during an initial consultation, and that you should therefore be prepared to answer.

Five Questions Your Personal Injury Attorney Will Ask You

When Did the Injury Happen?

Ideally, the person who has been injured in an accident or incident will contact a personal injury lawyer right away, at least for a complementary consultation to see if they might have a case.

However, life happens, and that might not always be possible. Maybe you decided shortly after the accident not to pursue litigation, but as time has gone by — and your medical bills have been mounting — you’ve changed your mind. Or maybe a medical condition developed after the fact.

In Washington, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years. If more than that amount of time has elapsed since your accident (or diagnosis, if the incurred injury wasn’t diagnosed until later), then you will not be able to bring a lawsuit.

Where Did the Injury Happen?

The location of your accident or injury may help determine who can be sued in a personal injury case. If it occurred in a private home or in a business location, for example, the owner of that home or business might be considered liable. Unsafe road conditions like missing guardrails, absent signage or improper drainage may mean that a government entity may become a plaintiff in the case, in addition to another driver, if you have suffered a motor vehicle accident.

Was the Person Who Caused Your Injury On the Job?

There may be other people or entities that can be held responsible beside the “obvious” one — for example, a tractor-trailer driver who was on the clock when he caused you accident. Your attorney will ask about this.

Have Any of the Parties Gotten In Touch With You?

Any phone calls, texts, emails or other communication in which the other party has admitted guilt may be a crucial tool in fighting your personal injury case at trial — or in helping negotiate a settlement.

What Costs or Damages Have You Incurred As A Result of the Injury?

The attorney will ask about your medical bills, lost wages, repair costs, and any other costs that you have incurred as a result of the accident or injury. You will want to provide documentation for these items, so that your lawyer can tally up the total and decide on an amount to ask for during a settlement, or during a trial.

There is also the matter of “pain and suffering,” for which you maybe be able to receive compensatory damages.

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