What to Expect at Your Personal Injury Consultation
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
So many things can occur in our day-to-day lives, including sustaining a personal injury. This may be caused in an accident, a slip and fall, or as a result of a workplace hazard. All too often, these types of accidents occur as the result of someone else’s negligence, and legal guidance is necessary.
To get started, confidently reach out and schedule a personal injury consultation with an attorney specialized in this area of the law. Next, know what to expect during that consultation so you can help ease any anxiety you may have about the meeting.
Here are things you can expect during your first personal injury consultation.
Discussion About the Details of Your Case
During your personal injury consultation with a personal injury lawyer, you will discuss the facts of your case. This includes who is involved, what happened, when it occurred, and where and how it happened. You also need to list any medical treatment you have already received or will be receiving.
Your attorney must fully understand all the details of the particular circumstances surrounding the occurrence and the resulting injury. This helps them to determine negligence. During the consultation, your attorney asks you questions to prompt answers that are essential to determine whether you do have a case. If so, they advise you what is needed to move forward with filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Explanation of Your Legal Rights
Once the attorney has gathered the detailed information from you, he or she can provide more insight into your case and how it can proceed. You are taken through the legal steps necessary, what the potential outcomes may be for each, and what your options are from there.
In Michigan, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is three years from the incident date. However, the statute of limitations varies depending upon the nature of your claim. Your attorney will determine your statute of limitations and outline a preliminary schedule of each step in a personal injury claim, so you know what to expect throughout the legal process. Your personal injury lawyer also informs you of what documentation and evidence is required to help prove your case.
Determination of Your Responsibilities
During the consultation, your attorney outlines your role and responsibilities. Examples of these responsibilities include making doctor’s appointments and possibly seeing certain specialists to obtain crucial medical reports. If other types of evidence are available, you may be designated to seek those out and provide them as well.
Open Up to Questions
You are sure to have your own long list of questions you wish to ask. Don’t hesitate to write these down, so you don’t forget them. No question is wrong, so don’t limit yourself in any way. Be sure you convey any concerns you have and learn what your options are. Don’t be shy to ask about potential outcomes and compensation amounts you may be able to obtain.
Ultimately, you want to feel personally comfortable with your legal representation team and confident in their abilities. You will be working closely together throughout the process, so it’s essential to consider how you react and respond to their questions and personalities.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
Ready to get started? Contact our team of expert personal injury attorneys at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., for your free initial consultation. With a quick call to 866-MICH-LAW, you can set up a time to meet with one or more of our experienced attorneys and learn more about your legal options going forward.
Our attorneys are highly experienced in personal injury law and personal injury cases. They take the necessary time to understand your particular situation and provide the information you need.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.