What Happens During A Consultation?
If you have been injured, or want to seek legal help for a loved one, talking with a personal injury attorney is a great place to start. In the initial stages, a lawyer estimates how much your case is worth, determines what kind of documents you need, or answers any questions you may have. Other times, they can help you determine if you even have a good case at all.
Many firms (including us at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes!) offer free case consultations.
What is a consultation?
A consultation is a little bit like an interview, but don’t let that scare you away! During a consultation, the attorney will ask questions about your case. They might ask questions about your injury, how it occurred, who was with you, or what you were doing when the accident happened. They might ask question about what kind of compensation you are seeking, or how far you are willing to take your lawsuit.
However, the consultation is also the time to ask your own questions. You might consider asking your potential attorney questions like:
- How long have you been practicing law?
- Have you represented cases that were similar to mine?
- Will a legal assistant or paralegal handle parts of my case?
- What are the costs and fees?
- How often will I receive updates on your case?
- What are the potential outcomes for my case?
Sometimes, after a consultation, an attorney may decline to represent you. This could be for a variety of reasons: the attorney might not feel that you have a good case, think that your injuries are too minor to warrant a lawsuit, or simply might not feel like they are the right attorney for the job. In some cases, they might refer you to a different lawyer who they believe can better represent you.
When meeting with an attorney for the first time, always be courteous and cooperative. If an attorney sees you as hostile or uncooperative, they might not want to represent you! Similarly, if something about the attorney is off-putting to you, or they do not seem well-equipped to handle your case, you can keep searching for someone else to represent you.
After an initial consultation, if an attorney decides to represent you, they will go over further details with you. You will discuss things like payment and communications. They will also tell you what you should do to help win the case. You and your attorney should both be on the same page!
The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.