In the aftermath of a serious accident and injury, injured parties will typically be focused on getting the medical treatments they need and figuring out how to cover the costs of this medical care. Once their health has stabilized, it’s important that victims then take the time to:
- Learn more about their legal rights.
- Figure out if they may be entitled to more compensation than an insurer may by offering.
- Meet with an experienced Boulder personal injury attorney at Cederberg Law for a free case evaluation.
While initial consults are typically the first step in getting a personal injury case started, they are also critical meetings during which accident victims can:
- Ask questions about their case.
- Get professional advice regarding how to proceed with their claim.
- Decide whether they want to move forward with a specific lawyer (or shop around for another attorney in whom they have more confidence).
Here we’ll outline some easy ways that accident victims can prepare for their initial consults in order to make the most of these meetings and ensure they are getting all of the potential benefits from them.
Prep Tip 1: Be Ready to Discuss the Specifics of the Accident
In order to provide you with specific info about your case, an attorney will first need to hear about what happened to you – namely:
- When and where the accident occurred
- Who else may have been involved in the accident
- What types of injuries you sustained
- What you did in the aftermath of the accident (in terms of treatment, etc.).
Whether the accident happened days, weeks or months ago, you will need to be ready to discuss these details during the initial consultation. A good way to prepare yourself is to practice describing the accident in detail to a family member and/or write down a thorough account of the accident. By practicing this discussion (in an oral or in written manner), you can make sure that you will not leave out any important details when it comes time to talk to a lawyer.
Prep Tip 2: Amass All of the Bills and Documents Associated with the Accident/Injury
Depending on how long after the accident or incident you are meeting with the attorney, you may have a lot (or very little) paperwork associated with the event. Regardless of the amount of documents you have in your possession at the time of the initial consult, bring all of this paperwork – if possible – to your meeting and provide copies to the attorney. Bringing such documentation can not only give a lawyer a clearer picture of the scope of your case, but it can also help that lawyer provide you with some more helpful and specific answers regarding your potential compensation.
It’s important to point out that, if you do not yet have certain documents (like police reports or medical bills), you can always forward them to the attorney at a later time, and a good lawyer will be able to obtain such documents on his own (by, for example, reaching out to the police department or medical facility on your behalf).
Prep Tip 3: Think About the Specific Qualities You Want Your Lawyer to Have
While you will undoubtedly want a lawyer who is experienced with cases like yours, there are other qualities that you may be looking for when it comes to the attorney who will represent you and your case moving forward. Do you want a lawyer who will hold your hand through the process? Do you prefer an attorney who takes care of business and only contacts you when there is a significant update on your case? What else do you want or need from your attorney?
Taking some time to think about the qualities you want your lawyer to have can help you more efficiently evaluate whether a particular attorney is a right fit for you after your initial consult.
Prep Tip 4: Think of/Write Down Questions You Have for the Lawyer
Just as a lawyer will be asking you questions about the accident or event that caused your injury, you will have the opportunity during the initial consult to ask the attorney questions about:
- His or her experience
- What you should expect from the case and the legal process.
To make sure that you do not forget any of the questions you may have thought of, it can be helpful to write down all of your questions ahead of time so you are prepared when you meet with the attorney face to face.
Some examples of questions that you may want to ask during the initial consult include (but are not limited to) the following:
- How many years of experience do you have litigating personal injury cases?
- Do you have specific experience with cases like mine? If so, please describe this experience.
- Can you provide me with former clients’ contact info so I can get their feedback regarding your services and their experiences with you?
- What are your fees?
- How often will I hear from you/get updates regarding my case? And how will these updates be provided (Phone calls? Emails? Mailed letters?)?
- Should I expect a trial in my case?
- How long will it take to resolve my case?
- What else do you need from me to get my case started?
Contacting the Boulder County Personal Injury Lawyers at Cederberg Law
If you or a loved one has been afflicted with any type of personal injury, contact the Boulder County personal injury lawyers at Cederberg Law by calling us at 303-499-0449 or emailing us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen.
At Cederberg Law, you will not be handed off to a paralegal or assistant. You will receive personal attention and professional service from an experienced lawyer who cares about you and who is dedicated to providing you with superior legal services at every stage of your case. In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyers make hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.