Hiring a personal injury attorney is no easy process. It requires quick, yet educated decision-making that ultimately affects the success or failure of your case.
But when you’ve finally made the decision to hire one, there are a few important questions you’ll want to ask to follow up with after your initial interview questions. Here are a few to have prepared for your first meeting:
- Are there any problems or complications you foresee with my case? If so, can they be avoided? Your selected personal injury attorney should be very experienced in the practice area that pertains to your case. He or she should be able to tell you about potential hiccups or problems that might come up along the way, such as the defendant’s insurance company trying to offer a seemingly high settlement check to avoid having to pay for all your medical expenses, lost wages, etc. down the road.
- Are there any time constraints for my case that need to be addressed? Depending on your individual situation, there may be certain things you’ll need to have handled before a certain date in order for you to receive compensation for it later on. For example, if you were in a car accident, you must go to the doctor within 14 days of the accident, or you will not be allowed to make a claim for any of the $10,000 under your PIP plan. This is because your injuries need to be assessed quickly to determine what steps need to be taken for a complete recovery. Your attorney will be able to provide more information like this to help you determine what you’ll need to do to and in what timeframe.
- What materials can I provide to help this case be successful? Your personal injury attorney will likely already have a list of materials needed from you before your first meeting together. However, some of the basic documents include:
- Photos from the scene of the accident
- An accident or police report
- Any names of witnesses (if applicable)
- Medical bills and records related to the injury
- Verifiable proof of lost wages or added costs that resulted from the accident or an injury
- Insurance information for both parties involved