Car accidents, personal assaults, dog bites, bicycle and motorcycle mishaps, slip-and-fall cases—personal injuries are all too common. However, many people are hesitant to speak with an attorney because they don’t know what to expect.
If you or a loved one have sustained an injury due to negligence or carelessness, you may be eligible for compensation. After receiving the appropriate medical attention, your next step is scheduling a meeting with an attorney.
The Free Consultation
Your lawyer wants you to feel comfortable and safe. To develop a strong case, you’ll need to give as much details as possible. But don’t worry—everything stays confidential unless you permit your attorney to use it in court.
If you want to learn more about attorney-client confidentiality and privilege, your lawyer will explain it during your initial meeting. This consultation may last around an hour—depending on your case’s complexity and how much information you can provide.
Your initial conversation will give you a clearer understanding of your rights, the legal environment, and your strategy moving forward.
How to Make the Most of Your Meeting
Prior to visiting your lawyer’s office, make sure you’re prepared to maximize the meeting’s efficiency.
- Provide your attorney any details s/he needs beforehand. This includes photographs of your injury and/or the accident, or any relevant documents or information.
- Look at your lawyer’s website. You may find some helpful information that answers your questions about the legal process and the laws surrounding your case.
- Bring a list of questions you plan to ask your attorney. Make sure you cover all of the topics you want to discuss in your initial meeting.
- Share any legal documents relating to your case. Though they seem insignificant, these papers provide your lawyer background and insight on your situation.
- Take notes. Outline the main points of conversation, and maintain this document for follow-up meetings.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, please reach out for a free consultation to see if you are eligible for compensation.