Information to Provide, Questions to Ask
If you’ve never met with a lawyer before, the prospect of meeting one for the first time about your personal injury case may be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be, as long as you know what to expect. Just make sure you know what to bring, what questions you need to ask, and what questions you need to answer.
What to Bring With You
When you go to the meeting, bring the paperwork that is necessary to document your case. This will typically include accident reports, copies of medical records and billings, photographs of the accident scene, documentation of lost wages, and insurance information.
All of these documents will help the attorney to understand the nature and severity of your injuries and the details of your situation.
What to Ask and Answer
Some common questions that you should ask a personal injury attorney include:
- I’ve heard that most personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis. Does this apply to the legal fees in my case?
- Do you specialize in personal injury cases?
- Have you represented other clients with injuries similar to mine?
- If I lose the case, what costs, if any, will I be required to pay?
- Will you personally work on my case, or will it be delegated to other attorneys or paralegals?
- How long does it usually take to resolve a case like mine?
- Do you think my case will go to trial? Why?
- If I’m found to be partially at fault for the accident that led to my injuries, how will this affect what I’m eligible to recover?
- Can you give me some idea of what my case may be worth?
A personal injury attorney will also have some questions for you:
- What injuries did you suffer?
- What is the current state of your health?
- What is your doctor’s prognosis?
- Do you know whether you have a permanent injury?
- How do your injuries affect you on a daily basis?
- Have you missed work because of your injury? If so, when will you be able to return?
- What do you know about your insurance coverage and that of the other driver?
Some of the questions may be hard to ask — or to answer. But it’s worth the trouble. Your attorney needs this information in order to build a strong case for you.
What to Expect
When meeting with personal injury lawyers who may end up handling your case, it is reasonable to expect that:
- They should have an actual physical office or primary location.
- They should be well established and qualified to represent personal injury clients in Colorado.
- They should have the experience necessary to win your case.
You have a right to expect certain things from your attorney. An initial consultation should be as much about you interviewing the lawyer as the lawyer interviewing you.
Contact an Experienced Colorado Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact the Law Offices of Daniel R. Rosen online or call 303-454-8000 or 800-ROSEN-911 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney today.