WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FREE PERSONAL INJURY CONSULTATION
A lot of personal injury attorneys advertise a free personal injury consultation, but many people put off scheduling theirs. Sometimes they wonder if their situation or injury is serious enough to need a personal injury lawyer. Or, they might not be sure if they have a chance of winning.
We’ve talked with victims who experienced so much pain, they’re still struggling to find the strength to talk about it. We’ve also run across plenty of victims who were afraid the free consultation was just a trick, a way they might get taken advantage of all over again.
At Monsour Law Firm, the main reason we offer free consultations is we’ve seen the deep pain and uncertainty that accompanies personal injury. The first step toward getting on with your life often comes from getting legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney who cares. Here’s what to expect when you schedule your free personal injury consultation with us.
YOU’LL SHARE WHAT HAPPENED
Our first objective during your free personal injury consultation is to understand the who, what, when, where, why and how. We want to hear, in your words, what you experienced. We’ll give you as much time as you need to explain what happened from your point of view.
This gives us a basic overview of your case and a starting point for gathering information. We want to know the facts, but we’re also interested in how your life has changed since your accident. Tell your story and help us understand how someone else’s negligence impacted you. We want to understand what happened during the incident and what harm or injury resulted.
WE’LL GATHER NECESSARY INFORMATION
Based on what you tell us about the accident that led to your personal injury, we’ll start making notes about your injury and claim. The questions we ask and the documentation we request are personal and specific because we want to give you the best chance of a successful outcome in your personal injury case. There’s no such thing as an “average” personal injury settlement, but the more we understand at the outset, the better we can advise you on the next steps.
QUESTIONS YOUR PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER MIGHT ASK
Every person and every case is different, but we often ask the following questions:
- Were there witnesses who saw what happened, and do you have their contact information?
- What type of medical treatment have you received? How is your condition now? What do your doctors say to expect in the future?
- Which insurance companies are involved? What conversations have you had with them so far? Can you provide their contact information?
- How has your injury affected your work, personal and social life?
- What effect has your injury had on your personal relationships?
DOCUMENTATION YOU MIGHT PROVIDE
Bring any documentation that supports your case or helps understand your accident. Here are just a few examples:
- Medical records
- Police reports
- Traffic citations
- Photos or video from the accident scene
If you don’t have access to everything we need, we can help you obtain it.
GET A CHANCE TO ASK QUESTIONS
The biggest reason people schedule a free personal injury consultation is they have questions. You didn’t plan to be injured. This isn’t how you expected this part of your life to go. You just want it to be over, but the unknown keeps you awake at night. Your consultation gives you a chance to get answers.
You might want to know what similar cases your lawyer has worked on in the past, and what types of outcomes resulted. You probably have questions about legal fees should you win a settlement in your case. Many people also want to know who they’ll communicate with when more questions come up and how they can get in touch.
One of the most important aspects of a free personal injury consultation is it gives you the opportunity to evaluate whether you and an attorney are a good fit. It isn’t just about receiving compensation, you need to know if the legal professional cares, has knowledge and expertise and can communicate in a way you understand. If you walk away with answers and a legal resource, you’ve taken charge of getting your life back on track.
WE’LL ADVISE YOU ON YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
Every aspect of your free personal injury consultation is helpful, but this is where you receive information specific to your case. We know personal injury law like no other firm in our area. We’ll tell you what the law says about your type of personal injury and recommend next steps for your case.
YOU PAY NOTHING
Free personal injury consultations really are free. If you walk out of our office with free advice and we never see you again, you don’t get a bill. If you hire us to represent you and don’t receive a settlement, you pay nothing. Only if you do receive compensation do we get paid. Attorneys fees aren’t due until after compensation is received, so you have zero out-of-pocket expense.
There’s everything to gain and nothing to lose. Why not schedule your free personal injury consultation today?