Preparing For Your First Consultation
Bill Allen | September 1, 2016 | Gainesville Personal Injury Law News
If you’ve sustained injuries from an accident, your first matter of business is speaking to a personal injury attorney to discuss whether you have a case and how to move forward in the legal process. Because your time is limited during a consultation, it’s best that you take the necessary steps beforehand to ensure you make the most out of your time. In this blog, our Gainesville personal injury attorney explains how to best prepare for your initial consultation.
No question is too small or too big to ask during your consultation. If you’re worried about forgetting to ask questions you deem important, it’s recommended that you take the time and write them down and bring them to your consultation. Be sure to ask your lawyer about his or her professional background – what percentage of the firm is dedicated to personal injury? How many years of experience does the attorney have?
Gather Medical Records
Medical records are a crucial element to any personal injury case – they outline your medical condition, the treatments you’ve received, procedures you’ve undergone, and medicine you’ve been prescribed to take. Eventually, your attorney will ask for the contact information of medical providers and insurance companies. By bringing the necessary documentation ahead of time, there’s a chance the lawyer will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of the timeline and potential cost of your case.
Familiarize Yourself With How the Accident Happened
One of the most common questions you’ll be asked is, “Can you tell me what happened?” Time and time again, you’ll have to recount how, where, and when the accident occurred. In personal injury cases, you must show that another individual or entity is responsible for your injuries and that the injuries you’ve sustained have negatively affected your life. If you are living with a permanent disability or need continuous long-term medical care because of your injuries, you should not hesitate to bring that to the attention of your lawyer.
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