Now that you know why initial consultations are so important, let’s go through what a typical consultation looks like, starting from before the conversation even begins.
What to Bring With You
You don’t have to take anything with you but yourself. While the documents listed below can help your attorney give you a more precise initial estimate of your case’s value and chances of success, the most important thing is that you talk to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
That said, if you have time beforehand, please consider bringing along:
- Medical records (such as a doctors’ notes, and your medical treatment plan)
- Medical bills
- Verification of your income (like pay stubs and W-2s)
- Any evidence you’ve already gathered from the crash (photos of the accident scene or injuries, or a police report)
- Insurance information (including a copy of your policy, as well as any discussions you’ve already had with an insurance company adjuster)
- Contact information for any eyewitnesses who were at the scene
Again, if you don’t have the time or energy to collect these items beforehand, don’t stress out too much. We can get this information from you later if need be. Don’t delay your consultation.
Expect to Answer a Lot of Questions
Our Katy personal injury lawyers will have a lot of questions for you to answer. The conversation topics will likely include things like:
- How did the accident occur?
- Who do you think was responsible?
- Did the police cite or ticket anyone at the crash scene?
- What injuries did you suffer?
- How have those injuries affected your day-to-day life?
- Have they kept you from working or earning a paycheck?
- Which doctors and hospitals did you go to for treatment?
- What medical treatment have you already received?
- What treatment do your doctors believe you will need in the future?
It may be helpful for you to write down answers to some of these questions beforehand to help you manage any anxiety you’re feeling, as well as to help ensure you don’t forget anything important.
Understand that these conversations need to be open, honest, and frank. We may ask you questions about your personal life and background. We may ask you for specific details about any emotional distress you’re experiencing.
While it’s not always comfortable or easy to talk about these topics, they are a necessary first step. Please know that at Will Adams Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys treat every prospective client with the utmost sensitivity and respect and hold all conversations in complete confidentiality—whether you ultimately hire us or not. We know this is a difficult time in your life; we’re here to make it better for you, not worse.
Bring Questions of Your Own
Initial consultations are meant to be two-way conversations.
Yes, the lawyer is trying to figure out if your personal injury lawsuit is one they can help with. They will ask you a lot of questions.
But it’s also a chance for you to determine, as best you can, whether the lawyer is a good fit for you, too. You want to be as confident as possible that your lawyer can not only handle your case successfully, but is also someone you are comfortable working with and can trust to treat you with the care and respect you deserve.
A few questions you may consider asking include:
- Have you handled similar personal injury cases in the past? Did any of those cases go to trial?
- What is your track record of success in those cases?
- Do you have any board certifications or other independent accreditations?
- How often will I get updates on my case?
- If I call you with a question, how soon can I expect a response?
- How much do you think my case is worth?
- Where can I read reviews or testimonials of your law firm? Would you be willing to connect me with any previous clients?
Remember that a typical personal injury case can take many months, and sometimes years, to resolve. The legal process takes time, and you will certainly have questions, concerns, and moments of frustration along the way.
Choosing the right attorney is about more than figuring out who can get you maximum compensation at the end of the process. Don’t underestimate the importance of hiring someone who is caring, who listens to and respects you, who answers your questions fully and quickly, and keeps you consistently updated about your case.
A great attorney cares about more than a big paycheck; they work hard to make sure you have the best possible experience from start to finish.
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