Hiring a Lawyer? Get Your Questions Answered!
If you have the need to hire a personal injury attorney to help you handle a car accident or maybe a motorcycle wreck, it is important that you meet with them and even ask them a few questions before you sign on the dotted line. We even have a book for you to use that outlines which questions you should ask, click here to get it FREE! You should be comfortable with your attorney and feel that your issues, whatever they may be, will be addressed. If you have any doubts, it probably is best to move on to the next choice. (Yes, even if that choice is not us!)
One thing that you need to understand is that every attorney is different and every client or potential client is different. You would not continue to go to a doctor that you are not comfortable around, so don’t do that with a lawyer. You have a number of choices, and you need to sort through them, but after you do that, either by phone or in person, you will have your initial meeting; some refer to it as an intake meeting. And you want to know what to expect!
Your First Accident Claim Meeting Should Set You at Ease.
If you selected the right attorney for you, you should feel at ease during the intake meeting. This will help you tremendously because if you are not comfortable and feel anxious, you might miss an important fact that your attorney will need. Don’t worry, our potential clients at The Miley Legal Group always know what to expect during this meeting. We always encourage you to ask questions to add that extra level of comfort.
The first meeting will be with both an attorney and a legal assistant. (These will be your attorney and assistant throughout the entirety of your case. We are sure you appreciate consistency and we love getting to know our clients.) You will be asked a number of questions and you should have with you any paperwork you have received, including bills and insurance letters that you may have received. This will allow the process to be smooth and when you leave, there won’t be much more for you to do at the beginning of your case. We do this on purpose; we want you to be free to concentrate on your recovery and getting your life back to normal. Be careful, not all firms do this for you, in some instances you won’t even get to meet with a lawyer.
Tell Your Story, How Did You Get Your Injury? Why Do You Need an Accident Attorney?
One of the first things that we will do for you is to let you tell your story. We want to hear not only your side of what happened at the accident scene, but also how it has affected you, your family and your employment. Your attorney will begin to sift through the information to identify what will be important in your case. We do this at no cost to you! You get FREE legal advice. As you go through your story, your attorney and legal assistant will have questions for you. Don’t worry, the information you provide to your attorney is privileged, unless we are required by a judge or courtroom rules to disclose the information. You will know exactly what will be released and when it is released, there will be no surprises. Honesty is important during this and any other conversation you have with our firm. We work best when we know all the facts of your case.
During your meeting, you will also be required to sign a contract. Although most people get nervous around contracts, because most everyone has been burned by one, ours is created to protect you, your case and us. Your attorney will review the contract with you to make sure you have a full understanding of what it means, including potential costs that will be associated with your case. Remember: We do not charge any fees up front and only collect if you win!
Learn the Injury Claim Process.
After the boring contract is reviewed, your legal assistant will gather important information for your file. This will include insurance information, doctors you have seen, car insurance you may have, medical history that might be relevant and a number of other things. It is important to give us as much information as you have and can remember off hand. This will begin the foundation of your case and will lead to how your claim is treated throughout the time you are working with us. It will also allow us to identify areas that we can research for potential insurance proceeds, funds to pay your bills and methods to identify who is at fault for your injuries and how it will affect your life. The insurance company will dispute any and everything they can to save themselves some money, so you want your attorney to be prepared with all of the information available.
The last step of the initial meeting is to review the process. We want you to be educated and understand what will happen over the next few weeks and months (even years in some cases). You will know what occurs at every step of your case. We will begin to provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions for your case. You should never feel overwhelmed, our primary goal is to make your comfortable and move through the process as efficiently as possible, while making sure you get the best results possible for your case. If you have questions on what happens next, now is the time to ask. Never leave a meeting or end a call with our office with questions on your mind, our attorneys and staff will have the answer or get it for you as quickly as possible.
You should walk out of the meeting with a number of things including:
- An action plan on how to continue your medical treatment.
- A plan on how to pursue your claim.
- Answers to give the insurance company when they call.
- A method to deal with outstanding medical bills and those to come.
- A way to contact your attorney or legal assistant if you have any other questions.
- Comfortable that you made the right decision to hire us to represent you.
If you have any additional questions on what to expect during your first meeting, or if you have general questions that you need answers for, feel free to call us at (304)326-1800.