How to Get the Most Out of Your Initial Personal Injury Consultation
In the aftermath of an accident caused by someone else, you could be facing life disrupting injuries rendering you unable to work. The medical expenses you may incur could also be significant. Once you decide to seek legal representation to deal with this situation, it's critical to the success of your case to find the lawyer who can offer the most helpful support.
Now it's the time to wisely use your initial appointment with potential counsel and select the best attorney for your case. Thoroughly planning your consultation will allow you to assess the compatibility with the would-be attorney. It's important that your inquiries reveal how familiar is the lawyer in handling similar proceedings.
Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney During Consultation
You want to have a good report with your future lawyer because, in all likelihood, you will spend a lot of time with her/him due to the nature of personal injury cases. Therefore, the right lawyer will be someone willing to answer any questions you may have.
Ask your lawyer the length of time they have been practicing in her/his field and the number of handled cases that bear similarity to yours. Lawyers specialize in many distinct practices. Although you may consult the best medical malpractice lawyer, that does not guarantee that she/he is the person best equipped to handle a truck accident case. However, it is possible that an attorney handles many types of claims with equal success. You want to select the lawyer who understands all the nuisances of your particular situation, is experienced in the world of litigation and has a track record of winning recoveries for clients.
Inquire how often she/he tries cases in court and what are her/his attitudes toward negotiation and mediation. Most cases end up settled, but the best counsel is willing and able to take a case to court when necessary. When a personal injury lawyer is uncomfortable in the courtroom, insurance companies will speculate this fact and offer a small settlement.
Each instance is unique, and questions can and should be customized to guarantee you address any doubts you have.
Understanding Legal Fees
Discussing fees can be intimating. However, reviewing them at the outset is important because often many costs linked with legal work are not familiar to everybody. Being aware of all the costs associated with the legal services is a crucial aspect of an initial consultation.
Taking Notes About Injury and Claim
To preserve the information about your injury, take detailed notes as soon as possible after the incident and throughout the process. Write down what happened and how your injuries affect your daily life. These records will almost surely help strengthen your legal claim.
It is also recommended to take notes for yourself during the meeting with your potential attorney. Recording the answers will enable you to recall vital information.
The initial consultation with an attorney is the opportunity to make the right choice and find appropriate counsel for your particular legal crisis. Most personal injury lawyers do not charge for an initial consultation; they offer a pressure and obligation free consultation with any person who has been injured and needs answers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sean M. Cleary
The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, P.A., based in Miami, Florida, specializes in practice areas arising out of the negligent or intentional acts of another, such as car accidents, defective products, personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. Sean M. Cleary, the President of the firm, has almost 20 years of experience helping countless clients recover significant compensation in state and federal courts, primarily in Florida.
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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.