Being injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault is a stressful and daunting experience. Friends and family often try to help by giving advice and suggestions. However, no matter how well-intentioned this advice is, it should not take the place of asking a licensed attorney about what your options are. Calling a lawyer can be overwhelming. Especially when you don’t know where to start or what to expect on the other end of the line.
Here are some tips to set you up for success, lessen the stress, and give you an idea of what to expect – when you call us.
- When you call for a consultation know that the initial discussion will be over the phone. We will discuss the facts of your case with you and then make a determination where to go from there.
- Be ready to have an attorney or experienced paralegal lead you through the information we need to make an assessment on your case. Letting the attorney or paralegal lead you through a series of questions is important because we are able to get out the information we need without wasting your time or having you repeat things unnecessarily.
- Have as much detailed information as you can about your case when you call. This includes:
- The date of the incident
- How you were injured? (these are the facts of your case, the who, what, where etc.)
- Any diagnosis and prognosis for your injuries (definitions for diagnosis and prognosis are linked)
- A copy of the police report – if you were able to obtain one
- Photos (if any)
- Your car insurance information (declaration page) – if it is a car or pedestrian accident.
- If you are not the client and are calling for someone else – please be advised that (1) you must have their permission to call and (2) be sure to have all of the relevant information above regarding the persons case.
Finally, when you receive a consultation from an attorney be prepared to hear the good, the bad and the ugly regarding your case. Although friends and family may have told you how great your case is – when you call for a consultation – it is our job as experts in the field, to assess both the positive elements and the potential pitfalls. A good assessment of a case must include any areas of weakness. A potential client’s willingness to hear an analysis of their case from all sides will help them make better decisions in the long run.