Determining which steps to take after an accident can be confusing, and contacting a Marietta personal injury attorney can seem scary. With so many scenarios in front of you, the possibilities can be overwhelming. If you were recently injured in an accident and have questions check out our “Accident Do’s and Don’ts” blog for more insight.
Fortunately, if you decide to enlist the help of an experienced personal injury attorney at Jones & Swanson, initial consultations are free of charge. When preparing for your consultation, it’s important to know which questions to ask.
For help on where to begin with your questions, check out this article from FindLaw.com and our personal injury consultation checklist:
When you’re looking for an attorney, it’s important to find the right person for you and your case. Most personal injury law offices offer free consultations, which is the perfect time to see if the fit is right. Here are a few tips as you search for the best personal injury attorney:
- Research the attorney. Don’t be afraid to find out a little about their background beforehand via word of mouth or online searches.
- How do the fees work? Let’s talk money. At Jones & Swanson we work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only collect fees if there is a successful outcome for a client. Not all firms are the same – some charge an hourly or flat rate. Make sure you know what you’re getting into before you sign your name on a dotted line.
- What does the legal process look like? No two cases are the same, so ask plenty of questions about what your case might look like if it settles versus goes to trial. Every case is going to have a different outcome, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
- Have pictures of the accident and your injuries. Having pictures of your accident and the process of your injuries is an important part in regards of your claim. Make sure you bring those pictures with you to your consultation.
- Do you have all the information you need with you? Bring any medical paperwork that you have, police reports, information about the other driver or witnesses, and anything else that may pertain to a potential case to your initial consultation. Bring information regarding your treatment and bills you may have already received from the ER, doctor’s offices, urgent care or specialist visits. Also make sure to have your driver’s license, health insurance information, and social security number.
- Log information that may be easily forgotten later. Things like dates you’ve missed work due to injury, lists of people you’ve spoken with regarding your accident or injuries and other relevant information will be important to share with an attorney during the initial consultation.
There is a lot of information to initially be collected, but once you hire an experienced injury attorney, you’ll be better able to focus on your recovery while they manage these details.