You were the victim of someone else’s negligence, you’re hurt and probably upset, you called friends or family who referred to a trial lawyer. The lawyer tells you they would like to meet and discuss your case. Now what do you do? Meeting with an attorney can be a nerve-wracking experience. Here’s a guide to the meeting.

Your Attorney Is Your Advocate

You’ve been through a traumatic experience. Your lawyer is there to learn the facts of your case and advocate for you on against the person, corporation or insurance company who wronged you. It’s important to remember that the things you tell your attorney are confidential and privileged. The attorney is your advocate to stand up for you and guide you through the legal process.

Remember, lawyers are people too. There is no reason to be nervous when meeting with your lawyer. They are on your side. We are here to help protect your rights and serve your needs, often in your greatest time of need. Asking questions, being forthcoming and listening carefully to the advice of your attorney will ensure much better results for you and your case.

Tell the whole story

Your lawyer is there to help you and fight for you. Explain your situation as clearly as possible. If you can, prepare a timeline of events in advance such as when the accident occurred and what medical treatment you received.  The lawyer will not judge you. Your lawyer is there to support you and make sure that your rights are represented. Give us the entire story, every little detail, no matter how bad you make think it is. I assure you they have seen worse. We will be able to deliver much better results the more forthcoming you are.

The more of your story we learn early on in the case, the easier it becomes to tell your story. Our job is to devise a strategy to best help you in your time of need. In order to do that, we need all the facts. Don’t hold back.

Be Prepared

To help your lawyer prepare, you must be prepared yourself. Here is a list of some of the items to bring with you when you meet with your attorney.

  • ALL your files regarding the accident
  • ALL your correspondence with or regarding insurance, doctors or the police.
  • ALL insurance policies relevant to the matter
  • E-mails & social media communications between you and any witnesses
  • You last 3 years of tax returns
  • ALL of your medical records and bills

After the Meetings

Once you have met with your lawyer and the case has begun, it’s important to remember three key things.

  1. Don’t speak to any representatives from the insurance company or the person or corporation who caused your accident
  2. Continue to seek medical care, if you need it.
  3. Remember the legal process can take time, your lawyer will keep you updated as the case progresses.

 

 

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