What Should I Expect From an Initial Consultation?
The initial consultation is an opportunity for you to learn about the lawyer, and for the lawyer to learn about you and the case. Usually, this initial meeting is free.
You can expect your attorney to ask you questions about the circumstances of your accident, which you should answer truthfully. Do not try to gloss over facts that are harmful to your case—they will emerge eventually. It’s best for your lawyer to know of these harmful facts early on so he or she can integrate them into the litigation strategy.
The initial consultation will allow you to determine if the lawyer is a good fit for your case. You should be concerned if the lawyer seems inexperienced, distracted, or unfriendly. On the other hand, you should be cautious around attorneys who are overly confident or optimistic about your case’s prospects. Good attorneys know that any case has its weaknesses, and they will give you a realistic idea of both the potential rewards and risks of litigation.
You Will Discuss Details of Your Accident
Before the lawyer can explain your options, he or she will need to learn as much as possible about your case. The initial consultation will be more productive if you come prepared to answer questions about:
- When the accident happened
- How it happened
- Whether there were witnesses
- If there was a police report
- Whether you received medical care
- Where the care was given
- The extent and treatment of your injures
- How much the treatment cost and who paid for it
- What damage there was to your car, and how much it cost to fix
- What sort of insurance you have
- What sort of insurance the other parties have
Based on this information, the attorney will be able to determine whether it’s possible to hold another driver liable for your injuries. The attorney will also get an idea of the extent of your damages. If the facts seem to lead to the other driver’s negligence, the attorney will discuss with you whether its best to pursue compensation for these damages through the insurance claims process or by initiating a lawsuit.
If You Decide to Work With A Lawyer, You’ll Need to Discuss Billing
Many car accident victims hire their attorneys on a contingent fee basis, which means that the lawyer only gets paid if the victim wins or receives a settlement. The lawyer will take a portion of the victim’s settlement or jury award—usually around a third.
Otherwise, you can hire the attorney on an hourly basis. An attorney’s hourly rate will depend on his or her experience, but also on the particular legal market. In general, lawyers in cities are more expensive than those working in rural areas. Hiring an attorney on an hourly basis represents a big investment, but the upside is that if you win, you get to keep your entire award.
Do you have other, unanswered questions? Give the lawyers from Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. a call at for a free consultation of your case.