Experiencing a car crash can cause quite a shock, especially if you or someone you love suffers injuries as a result. If the accident wasn't your fault, it's in your best interest to speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible to start the claims process.
Fortunately, most attorneys offer a free initial consultation in motor vehicle accidents and other personal injury cases. To get the greatest benefit from this meeting, it's essential that you know what to expect before sitting down with your potential counsel.
What Happens at a Free Initial Consultation?
Before an attorney agrees to take on your case and you decide to hire them, having a conversation about expectations helps alleviate your concerns so you can make the right choice for your situation. Your free consultation might be over the phone, through a video chat, or in a face-to-face consultation.
Be prepared by bringing all relevant documents to your appointment for the attorney to examine, such as:
- The police report
- Pictures you took at the crash scene
- Contact information for the negligent driver, their insurance company, and witnesses to the collision
- Your medical records
Here's what you can expect to discuss at your initial consultation.
The lawyer will review how your accident occurred and what injuries you suffered. They also want to know about your medical treatment and how long you anticipate being off work. Once they learn the basic facts of your case, they should be able to tell you whether you have a legal claim, the types of compensation that can be recovered, and what happens when you file a claim.
The lawyer should explain the breakout of their fee structure if you decide to retain them. Most motor vehicle accident attorneys handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you won't owe any upfront fees and would only pay the firm if the attorneys win your case.
Your meeting is also an opportunity for you to interview the attorney to determine if you feel they're right for your case, so schedule free initial consultations with your two or three top choices. Be sure to bring a list of questions to ask the attorney, including:
- How many motor vehicle accident cases they handle in their law practice
- Their track record of success in settling and trying these cases
- Whether they or another attorney in the firm will be handling your case
- How often they will contact you to update you on your case and how to reach them when you have questions
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