Importance of Initial Attorney Consultation and Evaluation
Personal injury accidents often result in serious physical, emotional, and financial burdens. For these reasons, victims of accidents caused by another party’s negligence usually wish to pursue legal action to seek justice and recover compensation for any damages sustained. During these situations, it is important for the injured party to at least initially discuss their case with a Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury attorney.
The two primary steps for initiating legal action are evaluating personal injury attorneys and preparing for your initial consultation with your selected attorney. Below you will learn more about each step, including important questions to ask a personal injury attorney in the evaluation process and the preparation necessary for your initial consultation.
Questions to Ask When Evaluating a Personal Injury Lawyer
No matter your personal injury case type, it is important to find a thorough, diligent, reliable, and hard working personal injury attorney. You will undoubtedly receive advice and even referrals from family and friends. While that may be helpful, there are some questions that you should ask before choosing your lawyer. Below are some important questions to ask during the evaluation process.
Have you handled this type of case before?
When you hire an attorney, you want to know that they have experience with your specific category of case. Related questions include the number of years they have been practicing law and the number of similar cases they have handled.
How successful have you been with cases like mine?
This question is one of the most pertinent to ask. When you are looking to hire an attorney, their track record matters. Find out how successful they have been fighting cases for clients in your shoes. What were the outcomes? Were their clients satisfied?
Have you ever been accused of attorney misconduct?
It is your right to know whether your lawyer has ever been accused or found guilty of misconduct. If this question is uncomfortable, the information about this answer is online, but keep in mind the attorney may have an explanation for the accusation.
What are the likely outcomes of my case?
While this answer is tough to predict, a lawyer should be able to tell you what the possible outcomes are and the outcome most likely for your specific case.
What is your strategy for my case?
Your attorney should outline the appropriate approaches for your case, and the strategy they plan to use. Do not shy away from questions related to this topic, because the strategy choice of your attorney will certainly affect the outcome of your case.
How will you communicate with me?
Attorneys and other legal staff are busy with numerous cases, so it is important to set expectations regarding communication. This consideration includes who will contact you, the frequency of communication, and available points of contact for questions or concerns. Defining the attorney-client relationship ahead of time will ensure that you have consistent and regular communication with your attorney.
What fees will I be charged?
It is important to know exactly how your lawyer calculates fees for their representation. Depending on your case, that charge could be a set amount or an hourly rate. If your lawsuit is for monetary recovery, your lawyer may charge you a contingency fee, which means that your attorney gets paid a percentage of awarded money received after successful litigation or a settlement. Additionally, discussing how expenses are handled and defining cost responsibility are crucial. While your attorney won’t be able to tell you the exact cost of your case, they should be able to provide you with an estimate.
What do I have to do to help you with my case?
Finding out what your exact role in the case will be is important. Your responsibilities usually include providing information and documents to your attorney. You will also be advised not to discuss the case with potential witnesses. By asking this question, your personal injury attorney will advise you on what you should and should not do.
This question list is a solid base to consider when looking to hire an attorney. As you initially speak to lawyers or receive more details on your case, you may add more questions. Since the evaluation process is important, never shy away from asking questions to potential personal injury attorney candidates.
At Spear Greenfield, we invite you to utilize this same evaluation when considering our law firm. Our proven track record speaks for itself. Our customer focus has contributed to our firm’s longevity. Our no fee guarantee ensures our customers that a partnership with Spear Greenfield is not a gamble. To learn more about Spear Greenfield and the reasons our law firm elevates above the crowded Philadelphia and New Jersey personal injury lawyer markets, please click on the link below.
What Should I Bring to My Initial Consultation?
In order to prepare for an initial consultation with a personal injury attorney, you must gather any necessary documentation regarding your case. This information allows the attorney to have an understanding of the accident and injuries. Important documentation will include the following:
- A written, chronological description of how the accident and your injuries occurred.
- A copy of the police report from the accident.
- The names and contact information of any witnesses at the accident scene.
- Your medical records to prove your injuries.
- Receipts of any expenses related to the injuries, which can include any out-of-pocket expenses for treatment and in-home care.
- Photos or videos of the accident and your injuries.
- Your insurance information including health, automobile, renter, or homeowner policies.
- Any contact with the other party or their insurance company including letters, emails, phone calls, etc.
The initial consultation is the perfect place to ask case-specific questions to your personal injury attorney, so ensure that you have questions prepared for this meeting. Since this meeting will be question-driven and include plenty of information, writing your questions down will remind you to ask your lawyer before leaving the consultation.
Free Initial Consultation with Spear Greenfield
Whether you have started the initial consultation process or have just considered weighing legal options, we invite you to schedule a free consultation with Spear Greenfield. Our team realizes the urgency of exploring legal options following an accident and wants to provide you insight on your case. The meeting is a complimentary evaluation with no pressure, obligations, or hidden fees. Please complete the form fill below to schedule this critical step!
Questions a Personal Injury Attorney Will Ask in an Initial Consultation
While it is important, documentation is not the only information that a personal injury attorney needs in order to get an overview of your case. In addition to this, the attorney will also usually ask a variety of questions pertaining to your life and your case. This information allows the lawyer to better represent you as a person instead of just a case. The questions that may be asked during an initial consultation may include the following:
- What injuries do you have? How are you feeling?
- Have you seen a doctor? What was the prognosis?
- Did you talk to any other lawyers or insurance representatives?
- What medical and automobile insurance coverage do you have?
- Did you give a statement about the accident to your insurance company?
- Where are you employed/what do you do? How long have you worked there?
- Have you ever been in an accident before?
The initial consultation is an early part of the legal process related to personal injury, but a personal injury attorney’s guidance does not end there. Learn more about the basics of personal injury cases including an outline of the associated legal process by clicking the link below.
Guiding You Through the Legal Process
When considering legal options related to a personal injury case, sometimes the initial steps are the most difficult, because there is an intimidation in exploring a legal process following a traumatic accident, especially one that caused you physical, emotional, and financial damages. The Spear Greenfield team understands the hesitance, because many of our clients arrived with the same mindset. Our goal as a law firm is to comfort you during your time of need, eliminate the pressure of the legal complexities related to seeking justice, and guide you through the legal process. If you have been injured in a personal injury accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, click below to follow our step-by-step guide through the process. This will assist you in identifying your case type, determining whether legal representation is necessary, evaluating the best lawyer to handle your case, and educating you on the conditions surrounding your case.
Please complete the form fill below to schedule a free initial consultation, which has no obligations, pressures, or hidden fees. If you decide to move forward with us, Spear Greenfield will offer our no fee guarantee, which means unless you win your case, our services are free! What do you have to lose? Schedule a free consultation with Spear Greenfield today!