Our Orlando Injury Lawyers Explain Your Court Case Beginning to End
Part 1: Meeting with a Lawyer for the First Time. What Can You Expect?
The following is the first of a six-part series outlining a basic personal injury case from beginning to end. Each part will explain the process, define some of the terms used in court documents and give details as to the expected results.
Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken as formal legal advice.
Your first meeting with a lawyer after being involved in an automobile accident or sustaining a catastrophic injury is the first chance you will have to learn whether there are any legal remedies available to you for your injuries. You will also have an opportunity to ask the lawyer any questions you may have.
The lawyer will want to go over the details of each of the following:
- How you were injured
- Extent of your injuries
- Medical treatment received to date
- Past medical history
- Any previous accident, injuries, or claims of any kind
What to Bring to an Attorney Consultation
You should come to the meeting prepared with the information above and any other information you think will be useful to the lawyer in evaluating whether you have a potential personal injury claim and whether they will be able to provide assistance. Being prepared means bringing the following:
- Copy of accident or incident report, if any
- Names and addresses of witnesses, if any
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers for ALL doctors whom you have seen for this injury
- Copy of your car insurance declaration page OR at least your car insurance policy number
- Copy of your health insurance card, if any
- Photographs and repair estimates of property damage to your automobile
- Photographs of your injuries, if any.
You should also prepare and bring a written list of all your questions, so that you do not forget to ask the Orlando injury lawyer all of the questions you have.
About Your First Consultation
The first meeting will take anywhere from thirty minutes to one hour. If the lawyer has all the information needed and thinks you have a potential personal injury claim, he/she may review with you the Authority to Represent Contract. If you feel comfortable with the lawyer and would like him or her to represent you then you can sign the Authority to Represent Contract at the initial meeting. However, depending on the extent of materials provided, the lawyer may tell you that he/she will review all of the information provided and get back to you shortly with an answer on whether or not he/she can represent you.
Before entering in any Authority to Represent Contract with the lawyer, be sure that you are comfortable with the lawyer and that he/she has been able to answer all your questions. You should also be sure that the lawyer has gone over the fee agreement in detail and that you fully understand the scope of your legal representation.
Remember, the selection of a law firm to represent you should not be a casual decision. It should be based on a combination of factors, including the firm’s experience, knowledge, concern, responsibility, and their depth and strength to support a sustained effort on your behalf. So do not be afraid to ask the lawyer about his/her legal experience and credentials before you make your selection.
To discuss your case, contact our Orlando injury attorneys today. Call 1-800-235-7060 to schedule a free consultation.
- Part 2: Beginning the Lawsuit through Initial Court Papers
- Part 3: What is Discovery?
- Part 4:Court Motions
- Part 5: What Happens at Trial?
- Part 6: How to Collect Money After a Lawsuit or Judgment