Have you been involved in an accident or suffered injuries due to someone’s negligence? It is time to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. This is an important decision that you should make after you, or someone you know has been involved in an accident. Remember, it is your attorney’s responsibility to protect your legal rights and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
More often than not, victims of accidents simply move on with their lives, find other ways to pay their medical bills, and never seek an attorney’s services. If you didn’t sustain any injuries suffered property damage, you don’t need to pursue a personal injury claim. However, if you suffered injuries and other damages, it’s time to seek compensation. Here is what to expect during the initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer.
1. Your case details
During the initial consultation, your attorney will need to know who you are, what happened, when, and other details about your case. The attorney cannot help you unless he or she understands the details of your case. This is the main reason a detailed discussion is necessary during this meeting.
Give a detailed account of what happened. No matter how minor some details are, please don’t leave them out. Be as honest as possible with your lawyer. Hiding some details might harm your case and probably change the outcome.
2. Your role in the case
Understanding the role that you will play in a personal injury claim is another important element you should pay attention to during the initial meeting. Your attorney will talk you through all the steps involved in filing a claim, settlement process, and if the case goes to trial, the lawyer will help you understand all the steps involved.
The attorney will discuss your responsibilities. This could mean being truthful, seeing a doctor, and providing the necessary documentation. If you have any questions about your roles, discuss them with your attorney.
3. Come with a list of questions
You have been looking for an attorney, and you finally got an expert you can trust to protect your legal rights. The chances are that you have any questions. List them down before you meet your lawyer.
There are no good and bad questions. During the entire process of filing a claim, settlement, and/or trial, you want to make sure that you are on the same page with your lawyer, and both of you have a full understanding of every action taken.
Ask about the cost of the legal services, how settlement process is like the estimated amount of compensation you are likely to get, and other questions about different aspects of your case and the legal services offered. These questions will help your attorney clarify everything you need to know. As mentioned earlier, your attorney’s primary role is to protect your legal rights and represent your interests.
After you have been involved in an accident, don’t take too long to find a good lawyer. Each state has a different statute of limitations for different case types. That means you should pursue a personal injury claim within a certain period. Once that period expires, you cannot get compensation for the injuries and other damages you suffered.
Personal injury lawyers know these statutes of limitations and other elements of relevant laws. These experts can help you avoid all potential pitfalls and ensure that you get the amount of compensation you deserve.
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Zimmet & Zimmet has been representing Florida injury victims for over 4 decades from our office in Daytona Beach. Call us today for a free consultation about your case and remember we never charge a fee unless we recover money for you.