If you’ve been injured in a road traffic collision, or you’ve had an accidental fall at work, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to get the money that you deserve for your injuries and/or losses, you will need to file a claim, which can be done with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Once you’ve done some research and found an attorney that best suits your needs, you will most likely be invited to an initial consultation. Most lawyers will require an in-person or virtual meeting to go through the details of your claim in order for them to make a strong case for you.
If you’ve already got an initial consultation scheduled, you might be wondering what is involved. You’ve likely never been in need of a lawyer before, so you might be uncertain or intimidated at first. Here is a simple breakdown of what to expect and what will happen when you meet with your attorney for the first time.
A Friendly Face
Although it might feel quite intimidating walking into a lawyer’s office, you should expect to be greeted by a warm and welcoming face. A lawyer’s line of work involves speaking to different kinds of people every day, so they are trained to know how to make you feel comfortable.
Confirming and Sharing Your Details
When you meet with a lawyer for the first time, there will be several details that you will need to run through with them. They will first confirm your personal details before asking questions about what happened to you. They will ask both general or highly specific questions to gain a well-rounded overview of the accident or incident that caused your injuries. This is necessary so they can formulate a strong and detailed case to take to court and, hopefully, get you the compensation you deserve.
Signing Necessary Documentation
There may be some legal documentation for you to sign during the initial consultation. Make sure you read through everything to ensure you’re happy to proceed. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions if you’re unsure about the finer details. Your lawyer will be happy to help, so ask away!
Towards the end of the initial consultation, your attorney will round things up. They should give you a brief overview of what the next steps are. You will both agree to a communication schedule, whether that is going to be every week, or as and when you need to update each other with information on your case. Communication may be via email, phone, or face-to-face meetings. This is something you can determine with your attorney during the consultation.