When you have been involved in an accident, whether a slip-and-fall, car accident, mishap at a construction site, or any other type of injury, your first focus should of course be on your health and recovery. Once you are on the path to getting better though, you may be wondering if you might be eligible to receive financial compensation. Compensation could be granted for your medical bills and any ongoing suffering you are experiencing. To give yourself the best chance of victory in court, it is smart to work with a personal injury attorney for the duration of your case. Here’s what you can expect from your initial appointment.
Getting to Know Each Other
Because this is your first meeting, you and your attorney will spend a bit of time getting to know each other. Over the course of your case, you’ll need to place a lot of trust in your attorney to present your case effectively and advocate on your behalf. Because of this, you’ll need to ensure you are comfortable with and have confidence in the lawyer you have chosen. Take the time to ask plenty of questions. Get a sense of their background and experience with cases similar to yours.
Some personal injury lawyers focus on certain types of injuries, while others take a broader approach. It is important to understand what type of lawyer you want and what type you are hiring. If you were in a car accident, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a qualified personal injury attorney. These types of attorneys are quite common. If your situation is more unusual though, you may require a lawyer with a more specialized focus.
Reviewing Your Accident Case
After establishing the foundation of your relationship, you and your attorney will move on to discussing your case in greater detail. Your attorney will need to have as much information as possible. This includes what happened during the incident so they can put together a competent case for you. This is why the trust you established earlier is so important; you’ll be discussing the intimate details of your injuries and recovery. You want to ensure you feel comfortable being fully open and honest.
For this initial meeting, be sure to bring any documentation and evidence you have relating to your accident. This can include photos, hospital discharge papers, police reports, and any eyewitness accounts, for example. Your attorney conducts their own investigation into the specifics of your case. However, it is still smart to help them get started by providing as much information as possible. The more your attorney knows about your case, the better they will be able to present it in court to get you a favorable result.
Discussing Next Steps
Once you and your lawyer have gone over all of the evidence you brought, they’ll be ready to start their own independent investigation to bolster your case. At the end of your initial consultation, your attorney will let you know whether they will take on your case and if there is anything you’ll need to do before your next meeting. This could include providing additional documentation, updating them on your recovery process, or even doing nothing at all but healing from your injuries. If you have come to your consultation well-prepared, your attorney may be ready to get to work right away. If so, you can start focusing on your recovery. Your attorney will keep track of any important filing deadlines, statutes of limitations, and upcoming court dates so they can let you know what to do going forward.
Finding a Personal Injury Attorney in Florida
Andrew Pickett Law is proud to handle a wide range of personal injury cases in Florida. These include car accidents, slip-and-falls, and sexual assault, to name just a few. We are more than happy to review the details of your injury to let you know if you have a valid personal injury case. We’ll work tirelessly on your behalf to help get you the compensation you deserve.