Are you getting ready to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area? Here are a few things you should do once you find an attorney you think you want to work with.
Schedule a Consultation Appointment
Before even deciding whether you want to work with a particular personal injury lawyer, schedule an initial consultation meeting with them so you can get to know them face-to-face and gain a clear understanding of how they can help you. You will have a chance to look through their portfolio and learn about their experience and background.
The information you glean during your consultation appointment will allow you to make an educated decision as to whether the lawyer can meet your needs and will keep your best interests in mind. You may even get a chance to meet the paralegals and assistants that will be working on your personal injury case.
Create a List of Questions
It is a good idea to sit down and make a list of questions and concerns you have about your personal injury case before meeting with your attorney for the first time. You probably have some burning questions about your personal injury case that are at the top of your head. But to be sure that you do not end up feeling out of the loop or confused about what is going on with your case, you should spend some time thinking about each aspect of your case and writing down anything that comes to mind that you are concerned or confused about – no matter how small the issue might seem to you.
There is no question too big or too small for your personal injury lawyer to address. If anything on your list is not addressed to your satisfaction, you may want to consider finding another lawyer to work with who can address every point on your list.
Make Your Expectations Clear
It is vitally important to make sure that your expectations are clear every time you meet with your lawyer. If you do not explain what you expect, there is a good chance that your expectations will not be met. Do not rely on your lawyer to tell you what to expect. Let them know how you feel, and then they can let you know whether your expectations can be met or if you should adjust your expectations based on things like state laws and negotiations with the other party. Be clear about the outcome you are looking for, the types of evidence you expect to be utilized, and the kind of compensation you believe you deserve.