Suffering from personal injury is never easy. Every accident has the potential to be uniquely traumatizing, both physically and emotionally. In addition to this, you must begin paving your own path to recovery—something that could seem totally impossible in the face of your mounting medical expenses. It can feel like you have been left behind to pick up the pieces of a mess somebody else made.
No one should ever have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. The same is true in cases of personal injury. Serious accidents may leave victims with lifelong disabilities or trauma, and even minor accidents can severely depreciate a victim’s quality of life. Luckily, victims of personal injury may be entitled to take legal action against the liable party. Was your accident a direct result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness? Have your injuries left you with significant distress or monetary losses? If so, you may want to seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Navigating a personal injury claim can be tricky, especially if you do not have a full and comprehensive understanding of the law. Working with a seasoned legal team can maximize your chances of winning your case and restoring your quality of life—regardless of the context in which your accident occurred. Still, many people are too intimidated by the prospect of talking to a lawyer. You may feel unprepared or nervous about not knowing what to expect. You may even doubt that your accident is “serious” enough for a lawyer to handle. In this blog post, we will give a brief overview of what to expect at your initial consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for victims to shy away from the idea of taking legal action. Many people fear that merely talking to a lawyer will be too expensive. In reality, most personal injury lawyers offer the initial consultation free of charge. You should feel comfortable talking to multiple attorneys until you find the one that is right for you—no shame in “shopping around”! An initial consultation is the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about a legal team and whether or not they are the type of people you want representing you.
You can expect most personal injury consultations to take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour. Be sure to come prepared with any questions and concerns, along with any relevant documents (listed below). Once you and your potential lawyer have discussed your case in detail, they will begin assessing your claim. Along with determining your chances of winning, they will also begin strategizing a potential plan of attack. You should not be feeling any unnecessary pressures at this point—and it should be a red flag if you do.
Behind every successful personal injury case is a mountain of evidence. Before a lawyer decides to take on a case, they will want to have a general idea of what they will have to work with. Bring any possible relevant documents to your initial consultation, including but not limited to:
You may also find it helpful to write down an account of the accident and take that with you to your consultation. It is best to do this as soon as possible, so you can capture all the facts while the memory is still fresh. Additionally, do not be afraid to write down any questions you might want to ask during your consultation. There is no such thing as a wrong or stupid question, especially when it comes to seeking out your rightful damages.
The short answer: It depends. The long answer: Most personal injury lawyers take cases on a contingency basis. An attorney that works on a contingency basis does not charge an hourly fee; instead, they will collect a fixed percentage of your winnings. In most cases, the contingency fee is around one-third of the recovery. You will not need to pay any contingency fees if you lose your case.
However, this does not necessarily mean that you will not pay any fees at all. If you are seeking non-monetary damages, your claim may not be subject to any contingency fees at all. Furthermore, you will still need to pay court filing fees and any other case-related charges. Other exceptions may also apply, depending on your case. A good lawyer will be transparent about what you should expect to pay. In most cases, this will happen towards the end of the consultation.
If you or a loved one have recently been a victim of personal injury, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the country. Do not be fooled by insurance companies claiming to have your best interests at heart. As businesses, they have every reason to minimize your settlement—if you are even lucky enough to get one at all. Each payment to you is a loss to them. Get your full damages by working with a skilled legal team.
When it comes to personal injury, time is of the essence. If you want to collect damages, then you should act as soon as possible. Each type of accident has a different statute of limitations. If you fail to file before your statute expires, the courts may bar you indefinitely from seeking compensation for your injuries. A good lawyer will also need adequate time to prepare a successful claim. Do not let something as simple as tardiness sabotage your chances of recovery. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced nationwide personal injury attorneys.