If you or a loved one has been injured, the law may have a remedy. Your first step in pursuing relief is to set up a free consultation with an attorney.
What Occurs During a Consultation?
During your free consultation, you will get the chance to present your situation to an experienced attorney. It is during this meeting that the lawyer will review the facts of your case and make a professional determination on what your next course of action should be.
If you don’t believe you have a claim or you have serious doubts, that’s even more reason to take advantage of a free consultation with an attorney. Let a professional have a look to see if you’re leaving the compensation you deserve on the table.
Who Was There, and Who Was at Fault?
One of the first things your lawyer will want to know is who was present at the time of the incident. If a case does develop, your attorney will potentially need to contact everyone who witnessed or heard the incident in question as well as the party suspected to be responsible for your damages.
How Did It Happen?
During your free consultation, you will have to recount the facts of the incident as clearly as you can. Remember, the facts of the case can largely determine the outcome of a lawsuit. Therefore, your attorney will want as much information as you can recount in your story.
What Are Your Injuries?
In order to sue someone for compensation, you have to have some sort of injury or damages to speak of. While reviewing your case with you, your lawyer will need a complete list of your damages, which may include injuries as well as property damage.
What Is the Evidence?
Everything you tell your attorney will need some sort of corroborating evidence. Your word alone is usually not enough to file and win a personal injury or any other type of claim. Did you take photos and get both a police and a medical report? Were there cameras nearby, such as from a bank or convenience store?
Even information about evidence that can work against your case should be communicated during your meeting.
How Do I Prepare for My Consultation?
It’s important to be prepared when you arrive for your consultation. During the meeting, your lawyer will analyze your circumstances to decide whether to take your case. Thus, you should bring any evidence or information that will help your potential counsel understand what happened.
Information and evidence that can help you include:
- Photos or videos of the incident or scene of the incident
- Your written account of what happened or written highlights of the incident
- Names of witnesses
- Any medical reports or examination paperwork
- Police report
Also, showing up with any questions you might have will help immensely in your understanding of the process. Some of the common questions clients have at free consultations include:
- How much will my case cost?
- How much is my case worth?
- How long will my case take?
Regarding the first question, the answer depends. Some lawyers charge their clients upfront, while others take clients on a contingency-fee basis. The latter tends to benefit more clients, as it means they pay nothing upfront.
Determining the worth of your case is a difficult task. It all depends on your damages and the facts surrounding the incident. With that being said, your counselor may be able to give you an idea of what to expect.
As far as the duration of your case goes, your attorney will be in a position to tell you more about this after performing a case analysis. The time it takes to process a case could be anywhere from weeks to years.
CONTACT THE HOUSTON PERSONAL INJURY AT ATTORNEY BRIAN WHITE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS FOR HELP
For more information, contact the Houston personal injury law firm of Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers by calling (713) 909-7844.
Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers
3120 Southwest Freeway, Suite 350
Houston, TX 77098
Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers – East Fwy
11811 East Fwy, Suite 630-06
Houston, TX 77029
Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers – South Loop
2600 S Loop W, Suite 293
Houston, TX 77054