What to Expect for Your First Meeting with a Personal Injury Attorney

what to expect for your first meeting with a personal injury attorney

Having an initial consultative meeting with a personal injury attorney can make some people feel nervous. Many people don’t know what to expect, and are unsure of how (or if) to prepare for the meeting. However, there is nothing to be afraid of at an initial consultative meeting. At Abeyta Nelson, for example, the initial consultation is free of charge, and our friendly and helpful attorneys have your best interests in mind.

The purpose of an initial consultation is twofold. First, it gives a potential client the opportunity to learn about the attorney and decide whether that individual would effectively represent his or her interests. Second, the consultation gives the attorney the opportunity to evaluate a potential client’s case. The attorney can assess what the chances of winning the case would be, based on his or her knowledge and experience. This information can be very helpful to a potential client, as it offers invaluable insight into the viability of a potential lawsuit.

During the consultation, the attorney will ask a potential client to describe the accident that took place. Often times, it can be difficult to remember all details of an accident on the spot. Therefore, to be better prepared for a consultation, it can be helpful to discuss the accident with a friend or family member in order to help clarify one’s memory. Additionally, it is helpful to bring relevant materials to a consultation, such as medical records, insurance information, and any documentation of the accident.

Some people may be hesitant to do a consultation with an attorney because they are afraid of the attorney talking to other people about the case. While it is normal to be protective of your personal information, attorneys are not allowed to discuss a client or potential client’s case with other people. Therefore, this type of concern should be laid to rest.

Given that personal injury lawsuits are complex matters, it is essential to find an attorney who possesses the experience and wisdom necessary for a given case. Personal injury cases require a sophisticated knowledge of handling witnesses, collecting evidence, and applying accident law. Even if an attorney who you consult with is not able to take on your case, he or she will probably be able to refer you to an attorney who can. If you would like a consultation with Abeyta Nelson, call toll free at (800) 927-2845, or email us at injurylaw@abeytanelson.com.