If you've experienced a personal injury and you're preparing to file a legal claim against the responsible party, you may be looking for a personal injury lawyer to help you. Many people find themselves confused and uncertain when it comes to choosing a personal injury lawyer for their case. You have probably scheduled a few consultation meetings with a couple of local attorneys. Here's a look at what you need to know to prepare for these meetings.
The first thing that you need to do is ensure that you have all of the necessary documentation for the attorney to evaluate your case. You'll want to bring a copy of the police report, copies of any witness statements, your medical bills, and any other information you might have that's related to the accident.
You'll also want to take time to write down your recollection of the incident, including what you observed, what you were doing at the time, and what happened in the moments and weeks that followed. If you have a record of your doctor's long-term prognosis of your injuries, bring that, too.
When meeting with an attorney for a consultation, the purpose of this appointment is for the attorney to evaluate the merits of your case and decide if it is worth pursuing, as well as to tell you what he or she could do for you in this situation.
However, it's not just an opportunity for the lawyer to determine if they are willing to take your case. It's also an opportunity for you to form an impression of the attorney and decide if this is who you wish to work with. Ideally, you want to retain a personal injury lawyer whom you feel comfortable with, who seems capable of handling the case, and who has the experience to do it properly.
Asking questions is an important part of determining if this lawyer is the right one for you. For example, ask about how long they have been practicing personal injury law and how many cases they have won. Many personal injury attorneys will only take cases they expect to win, so if they have a high percentage of wins and they offer to take your case, that's an indication that they believe you have a sound case.
Ask the lawyer about communication as well. Make sure you know how responsive the lawyer is on a regular basis and how they prefer to communicate. Lawyers who prefer phone calls will be a poor fit for clients who prefer emails, but you can often have phone calls followed up with emails to provide a written record of the conversation.
You should also look for an attorney who isn't hesitant to take your case to trial if need be to get your settlement. Finally, make sure that he or she is someone you can comfortably and confidently talk to about your case.
To learn more, contact a personal injury attorney.