Were you involved in a car accident? An automobile accident can be stressful and result in a ton of questions swirling around in your mind. How will you get your car fixed? Who will pay for your medical bills? Can you get reimbursed for your lost wages? Hiring a Parrish, FL, personal injury attorney is the best move you can make if you’ve been involved in a car crash.
The insurance company has may lawyers at its disposal, so you need someone in your corner. If you’ve never been in a car accident or have never hired an attorney to represent you, you probably won’t know what to expect during the initial consultation. Here are a few things to help you prepare for that first meeting.
Your first meeting with a personal injury attorney is somewhat like a two-way interview. You have the chance to learn more about the attorney’s areas of expertise and experience, while the attorney has the opportunity to evaluate the facts of your case and help you determine your next best step. You can make the most of the meeting by doing a little preparation on the front end. Start with a list of questions you’d like to ask the attorney, such as have they ever handled a car accident case like yours, have they worked on car accident cases recently, and have they ever gone to trial or do they only settle cases?
To help the attorney evaluate your case, you should bring with you all the information you have about the accident, including:
· Materials gathered at the scene of the accident, such as photos, contact information for the other party or any witnesses, and all vehicle/insurance information
· Communication with insurance companies, such as written settlement offers, printed email correspondence, or a summary of all phone conversations since the accident
· Official reports, such as estimates for car repairs and the police accident report
· Copies of all your medical records, including any medical bills you’ve received
Explaining the Process
During the initial consultation, the attorney should give you a general overview of what the process of settling your case or taking it to trial entails and the length of time it could take to complete. The attorney will likely discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of your case and offer you advice on ways you can help strengthen your case. This can include going to all your doctor’s appointments, providing requested information promptly, and always being truthful with your attorney.
Providing Legal Advice
Your attorney will provide you with advice on possible parties who may be responsible for compensating you and the types of compensation available. He or she may also give you general advice on mistakes to avoid, such as agreeing to give the insurance adjuster a recorded statement and discussing your case on social media.
Explaining the Fees
How much you’ll be charged and how the fees will be paid is something that should be explained during your first appointment. If you decide to hire the attorney, you and the attorney should enter into a written retainer agreement.
If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, you should call a personal injury lawyer in Parrish, FL, as soon as possible. Call Erjavec Injury Law 24/7 at (941) 907-1133 to schedule your free consultation or visit us at www.erjaveclaw.com. We’re always here to answer your questions and ensure that your rights are protected.