WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY FIRST APPOINTMENT WITH A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT?
If you’re like most people, you’ve never been in a situation where you needed to hire a personal injury attorney. In fact, you probably hesitated seeking one out in the first place. Relax. When your car is broke, you see a mechanic to get it fixed. This is no different. You’ve been in a car accident, you’re hurt, and the uncertainty is piling up. This is exactly why personal injury attorneys exist.
Of all the things going on in your life right now, what to expect at your first meeting with your personal injury attorney should be the least of your concerns. Below is a list of items you’ll need to bring with you to your first meeting (often referred to as an “intake”) with your attorney.
If you have these pictures, bring them with you to the intake. Even better, email them to us ahead of time. If you do not have any pictures with you, let us know where your vehicle is located so we can arrange to have pictures taken before any repairs are made or, in the case where your vehicle is totaled, before it is scrapped.
On that note, don’t worry if you have not received any accident related bills yet. They usually take a month or so to get to you in the mail. If you don’t have them with you at your first appointment, we will get them later.
Why does this matter? Because only attorneys can give you legal advice. Non-lawyers are not permitted to answer many of the questions you need answered. Not all law firms make provision for you to meet with an attorney at the first visit, especially not the mega-advertising personal injury firms. Take advantage of the opportunity of getting to meet with your lawyer from the very beginning: make a list of questions to ask and ask away.