When filing a personal injury claim, a personal injury lawyer will increase your chances of a successful case. Some people are uneasy or nervous about meeting with a personal injury lawyer for the first time. Knowing what to expect can help put those feelings to rest. So, here’s what you should know:
The initial contact with a personal injury lawyer
In most cases, the first contact you will have with a personal injury lawyer is via telephone. During the first call, you can expect the lawyer to ask you questions about your case. Any professional law firm will ask thorough questions, so be prepared for that. This initial conversation can last up to 45 minutes and will help the attorney determine the viability of your case. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and honest responses to these questions as the attorney will not proceed any further if he or she does not believe you have a case.
If the attorney believes your case is viable, he or she will arrange a face-to-face consultation. The lawyer will use this opportunity to further assess the likelihood of success in your case based on his or her knowledge and experience. During the consultation, you should expect the lawyer to ask you to provide details of the accident. It can sometimes be difficult to recall all the important aspects of the incident. So, if you do not already have a written account of the events, try to recall the accident before your consultation. Write the details down and take that with you to your meeting. Also take any documents that may be relevant to your case such as medical records, insurance information, accident reports and photos of the scene.
You might be hesitant to share all that information with a personal injury lawyer before you have agreed to work together. But there is nothing to worry about. Whether or not you decide to work with the personal injury lawyer after the consultation, he or she is legally required to maintain confidentiality.
What happens after the consultation?
Once you feel confident working with the personal injury lawyer after the consultation, you should go ahead to do so. However, if for any reason you feel unsure, you should trust your instincts and continue your search.
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis which means that they will not be paid for their services if they do not obtain a settlement for you. For this reason, the lawyer may choose not to take your case if they are not confident in their ability to win. When this happens, get a second opinion or even a third. You may even ask the lawyer that turned you down to refer you to an attorney that might be better suited for your case.
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If you were injured in an accident, Rose Keith Law wants to get you the compensation you deserve. We have the experience and the expertise to win your case. So, contact us today to discuss your case. Let us show you how we can help.