When you find yourself in need of legal help after a car accident, chances are you might be feeling anxious or intimidated when it is time to sit down in front of an attorney. Most personal injury clients are first-timers and have never dealt with an attorney in this capacity before. However, it is important to remember that an attorney is there to serve you and to protect your rights rather than judging you in any way. Here are a few tips to ease your nerves and help you prepare for a successful initial visit with your car accident attorney.
What Kind of Questions Will My Attorney Ask?
During your initial appointment, your attorney will likely ask you specific questions about the accident, such as when and where it happened. Be ready to provide as much detail as possible about dates, time, location, and how the accident happened. You can even draw a picture to help your attorney get a better idea of how it all played out.
Next, your attorney may ask about whether the police were called and if a report was filed, and details about whether you received medical treatment right away and where. You may also be asked about what was done while you were receiving medical care and if any x-rays or M.R.I.s were taken. Finally, your attorney may ask if the other driver admitted fault, and whether it was recorded on the police report.
How Should I Prepare for My First Appointment?
In order to prepare for your first appointment, you may want to bring copies of any and all documentation related to the accident that you may have in your possession. Medical records, police reports, pictures, videos, notes, and anything that may help reconstruct the accident and paint a clear picture of your injury.
It is in your best interest to share as much specific detail as you can. That includes the exact date and time of the accident, names of doctors or healthcare facilities that examined you, and any other piece of information that may be relevant to understanding what happened. Even if you believe you may have been partially at fault for the accident, it is important not to withhold any information from your attorney so that they can build a strong case on your behalf without being blindsided by an unexpected piece of information that may negatively impact your case.
What Questions Should I Ask My Attorney to See If We Are a Good Fit?
When hiring a car accident attorney, you must be paired up with a professional with whom you feel comfortable and confident. Don’t be afraid to see more than one attorney, and ask them important questions about their background and experience handling personal injury cases. Take some time to get their assessment of your case and ask them about what types of outcome you may expect from it. Make sure to understand their legal philosophy and approach to car accident cases, and how your case will be managed. Finally, ask questions about legal fees and expenses you may be looking at as part of your case.
The right attorney can make or break your car accident case. The attorneys at Gideon Asen LLC are proud to serve car accident victims by offering knowledgeable and compassionate services while offering aggressive and skillful representation for their claims. Call us at (207) 766-7761 for a free consultation.