Preparing to Meet Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Luckily, most people don’t need personal injury lawyers very often. But because this need occurs so rarely, it typically catches people unprepared.
When you need a personal injury lawyer, what should you bring to your first meeting? What should I ask during our first consultation?
Preparing for your initial meeting with your personal injury lawyer requires that you do some seeking and analysis. However, you can simplify the process with these quick pointers from us:
1. Do Your Research.
You should know the basics about how courts handle cases like yours in British Columbia.
Our lawyers at Kenneth Cristall Law who handle personal injury cases work on contingency. Contingency means the lawyer does not collect any fees until after you reach a settlement or win your case in court. In British Columbia, you and your lawyer must put contingency fees in writing for them to be valid.
The research phase includes gathering as much documentation as you can about your injury. Evidence pertinent to your case may include:
- Police reports
- Medical and therapy bills
- Photos showing damage
- Witness reports
Our personal injury lawyers you meet with can use this information to evaluate your case.
2. Bring a List of Questions.
Before your first consultation, create a list of questions for your personal injury lawyer. Write down these questions exactly as you would ask them to a lawyer in a consultation. This format makes the list more useful to you during actual meetings with your potential lawyers.
Here's a few possible questions to jumpstart your brainstorming:
- How much experience do you have with personal injury cases?
- Who will be working on this case?
- Have you handled cases similar to mine?
- How do you handle it when you disagree with a client's wishes?
- How long do you think it will take to settle my case?
- Do you charge any fees in addition to contingency fees?
During your consultations, you don't need to go through these questions one by one. Many of them will come up naturally in your conversation. However, double check your list before your meeting ends to make sure the lawyer answered all your questions.
3. Take Notes.
During and after each consultation, jot down notes of anything you want to remember. Record specifics, such as your thoughts on the meeting you had.
Also be sure to scrutinize any claims from your lawyer or previous cases that sound alike to your personal injury incident. You need to find a personal injury lawyer with extensive experience in a variety of cases, but most importantly personal injury cases similar to yours in particular.
Don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. A personal injury lawyer from Kenneth Cristall Law can help you file a lawsuit or claim in a timely manner, guide you through the legal process and help you get the maximum possible compensation.