Important Information for Your Initial Consultation
For most of us, dealing with a lawyer is not something that occurs in our daily lives. In all likelihood, there's a good chance that you have never had to contact a lawyer until enduring a personal injury.
While professional personal injury attorneys will have experience acclimating you to the legal process, there are some things you should do to prepare for your initial consultation and facilitate your case.
What to Bring to the Initial Consultation
Following is a list of important information you should bring to your initial consultation when and if applicable to your claim:
- Photos of the incident or accident and injury
- Medical records of your injury
- Medical bills you have accumulated since the injury
- Witness' name and phone numbers (this includes names of opposing witnesses, if possible. Your lawyer will want to review their statements for inconsistencies, fallacies and/or holes)
Keep in mind that you should NEVER bring the originals of any documentation. Bring clear photo copies and leave the originals in a safe place at home. Copies make it easier for the attorneys to assess the preliminaries of your case.
In addition to such documentation, it may also be a good idea to bring a trusted friend or family member to your initial consultation. Having a trusted individual with you may reduce your emotional stress.
What to Expect During an Initial Consultation with a Personal Injury Lawyer
During your first meeting with a professional personal injury attorney, expect to:
- Tell a detailed version of your experience so the lawyer can accurately assess your claim and chances of obtaining a settlement.
- Sign a “power of attorney” or a similar document that allows the attorney to represent you and act on your behalf, if the lawyer has established that you have a viable legal claim.
- Inform the lawyer if you have had any discussions regarding a settlement for your case (If you have already discussed a settlement, the attorney may advise you to take it).
- Provide any documented evidence you have (During your discussion with the lawyer, you may become aware of other evidence you have and didn't consider bringing).
- Be advised not to discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney.
Following this initial consultation, your lawyer will provide you with regular updates on how the case is progressing. Ultimately, working with a professional personal injury attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve so you can move on with your life.
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