We offer a free initial consultation for all our personal injury clients. Many personal injury attorneys offer free consultations and very few charge a small fee. Your initial consultation will certainly not last the whole day. Some lawyers offer a free one hour consultation and others offer a half hour consultation so you have to make the most of it.
Why Do You Need A Free Initial Consultation?
We don’t like wasting our clients’ time by making them pay for something that is clearly a time waster. During a free initial consultation, we assess whether or not a case is strong enough to pursue.
If the information we receive and the data we have is not compelling enough, we usually let our clients know right from the start.
A free consultation is also the perfect opportunity for personal injury victims to tell their side of the story. It’s also a chance to get to know your personal injury attorney better and to decide whether or not you want to hire them to handle your case.
Read about how to choose a personal injury attorney.
You are not obligated to hire us after the consultation. With that said, it’s always a good idea to prepare for your consultation in advance. The more prepared you are, the less time it will take for us to analyze your case and all the legal issues surrounding it.
We have complied a list of tips to help you prepare for your consultation.
Keep Detailed Notes
Make detailed notes about your accident and injuries. Include any information you think is relevant including when the accident happened, doctor appointments and any key events that took place before your accident.
If you plan to file a product liability suit, consider writing down any background facts you might have. Be sure to include information about people you might have seen regarding your problem including doctors or any other specialists that could help your case.
Write down how your injuries have affected you. For instance, if you were in a car accident, have your injuries caused you some sort of disability or have they made it impossible to go to work or perform your daily activities? Have you required extensive rehabilitation or expensive medication?
Organize All Your Documents
Carry all copies of all documents regarding your case. This should include your medical bills, medical records, statements, insurance claims, etc. Don’t leave behind any documents even if you feel they are not relevant to your case.
Don’t hide any details
Hiding details won’t do your case any good and if you don’t provide all the facts, your personal injury lawyer won’t be able to help you. If you got involved in a car accident and you were intoxicated, even if you had a small amount of alcohol, don’t hide this fact from your lawyer. The same applies if you were driving while distracted or if you had some sort of injury before your accident. If you keep secrets from your attorney, they won’t be able to build a solid case for you.
Everything that you share with us is confidential whether you hire us to represent you or not.
Be Prepared To Ask Questions
If you have any questions for us, write them down beforehand so that you’ll remember them during the consultation. These are some of the questions you should ask:
- What’s the statute of limitations on you case and how will it affect you?
- How will your lawyer expect to be paid?
- What are your legal options?
- How long will it take to resolve your case?
- How many cases has your lawyer handled and what was their outcome?
- What are some of the potentials problems your lawyer sees with your case and how does he plan to resolve them?
- Is your lawyer willing to consider a settlement?
- Will your lawyer be personally handling your case or will the supporting legal staff be handling it?
Make sure you take notes during the consultation process so that as the questions come to mind, your lawyer will be sure to cover them before you leave.
Have Realistic Expectations
When you go in for your free consultation, don’t expect to walk out with a resolution to your case. Personal injury cases can take a matter of days or years to resolve. Filling a lawsuit is a long and complicated process.
Remember that not all lawsuits are the same and don’t be deceived by those legal TV shows we see every day. In addition, there is no set price for personal injury cases. Just because someone was awarded $10, 000 in a case similar to yours doesn’t mean you’ll be awarded the same amount.
Many factors go into determining how much a personal injury case is worth.
Read about how much your personal injury case is worth.
Keep An Open Mind
When going for your free initial consultation, keep an open mind. Your personal injury lawyer might not tell you what you want to hear. You might be hoping to take your case to trial but your lawyer might suggest that the best solution would be to settle.
With that said, your lawyer shouldn’t force a decision on you. They should give you a variety of legal options and let you decide.
Be Prepared To Talk About Money
Although most personal injury lawyers get paid on a contingency fee basis, there will be other expenses that you must cater for if your case isn’t successful.
The amount of money you are going to pay will depend on your budget and if you are willing to go to trial. Technically, if your case goes to trial, lawyer fees will automatically increase.
Read all about how much a personal injury lawyer costs.
Don’t Procrastinate…Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation Today
We have had to turn down completely legitimate cases because the statute of limitations has run out. The biggest mistake many personal injury victims make is assuming that they have a long time to file a claim.
Even if you have time, it takes a while to gather facts about your case before filing a lawsuit. You can’t just walk into an attorney’s office a day before the statute of limitations expires and expect to build a solid case within that short period of time.
You can visit any of our 18 offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to schedule your free initial consultation. Or you can contact us at (800)200-7752 today and we will come to wherever it is you feel comfortable.