Most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations. This gives the attorney a chance to evaluate your case, learn the facts, and decide whether you have a case worth pursuing.
But, it also gives you an opportunity to assess the attorney’s skill, experience, and level of professionalism and decide if you are comfortable enough working with them. After all, it is important you trust your attorney explicitly.
The first step in filing a lawsuit is meeting with a personal injury attorney for a free consultation. This consultation exposes you to your legal options and while it is free, you want to get the most out of that first meeting. Therefore, it is important to understand how they work and what you can expect.
Preparing for Your Consultation
Check the attorney’s website to make sure they offer a free consultation. It is usually written on their website – and often by the phone number. You will need to call the attorney’s office to schedule your free consultation appointment.
Then, you will need to prepare for your meeting. This ensures you get the most out of the appointment. Not only should you bring a list of questions you want to ask during the appointment, but you should bring certain materials to help the attorney better assess your case. These can include:
• Your medical records – relating to the accident;
• Police reports;
• Receipts for out-of-pocket expenses;
• Insurance information (health and auto);
• Paystubs and proof of missed work (if applicable);
• Legal documents or other correspondence from the other party.
What to Expect During an Initial Consultation
These consultations will last anywhere from 30 minutes up to 1 hour, depending on the case ad what the attorney offers. The lawyer will ask about your injuries, how they occurred, and any insurance settlements that have been proposed. You will discuss in detail your case, and the attorney will review any materials you have brought with you.
If the case is not something the attorney can handle, they may refer you to another professional who can assist you. But, if they can take the case, they may start the process, discuss your options, and even start filling out paperwork.
Meet with a Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you were injured in an accident, you need an experienced attorney by your side. Contact West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers at Fetterman & Associates, PA today. We offer free case evaluations and would love to discuss your case with you.