Car accidents are stressful and terrifying events. If you have been involved in a car accident-big or small, you know just how overwhelming they can be.
After a car accident, many people are left to wonder “what next?”.
These five important tips will help you get an understanding of how to prepare for the first meeting with your accident attorney and what to expect in your consultation.
1. Prepare important documents
The more evidence you are able to give your potential lawyer, the stronger your case will be. The most important items to include are a police report, contact information of the other driver and pictures of the scene. These documents allow your attorney to better understand what happened and build a strong case. Bottom Line: More evidence=Stronger case, which is ultimately good for you.
2. List questions you have for your attorney before your meeting
It is important to make a physical list of all the questions you have for your attorney before you meet. If you do not write them down and have them available for reference during the meeting, it is likely that you will forget what you wanted to ask and you may leave the meeting still feeing uneasy. Bottom Line: Not only will you will leave feeling less stressed, your attorney will have an exact idea of what to cover. A win-win.
3. Decide what is important to you in a law firm
Before your meeting, think about what kind of reputation do you seek in a law firm? Do you prefer a reputation for trust? Or do you prefer a reputation for large settlements? It is important to consider this before choosing who you want to represent you. Bottom Line: It is your choice and you should be comfortable with who is representing you.
4. Expect the data to be analyzed
Every firm works differently, but it is important to remember that good work takes time. Understand that the attorney must analyze the case from every angle before they are able to determine how much your case is “worth”. Bottom Line: Patience is virtue. Allow enough time for your attorney to build your case before you ask about the end result.
5. Research the firm you are visiting
Hiring a lawyer to represent you is a big decision. You want to make sure that you have done enough research about the firm before you begin working with them. You will be in close contact with them for the duration of your case, which make take several months. Bottom Line: Do your homework, you want to know and trust who is representing you.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact the law offices of Farris, Riley and Pitt for a free and confidential consultation.