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2 Things You Need To Know About That First Meeting With A Personal Injury Lawyer

by Stacy Dean

If you are thinking about filing a personal injury lawsuit you are probably preparing to meet with an attorney. This is a great way to see if the suit that you have is good enough to file and if it is worth your money. Many attorney's offer a free consultation, which is why it is so incentivizing. You really have nothing to lose to talk to an attorney. Here are some things you should expect during the initial meeting.

1. It Will Be Based On Facts

An attorney's time is very valuable and so they won't be doing a lot of small talk during the consultation. Usually, you only have a small amount of time, like 15 minutes or so, to go over everything that you have. So you should always be prepared with the documents from the case and anything that proves fault. If it was a birth accident, bring in any medical records bills and documents proving your incident and the doctor's fault in it. 

In addition, the attorney will want to get straight to the facts of the case. This is not the time to embellish or make something sound bigger than it is. If you don't have facts to back up a claim, you shouldn't include it. The more your embellish the claim the more it will hurt you. If you stick to the facts the attorney can give you a realistic assessment.

2. You Will Have To Sign An Agreement

If you decide to hire the attorney they will have you sign an agreement that states that they cannot guarantee an outcome. This means that you are aware of the risk that you are taking in filing the lawsuit. If something goes south, you cannot turn around and blame the attorney. In general, the attorney will do everything that they can to make sure that the suit goes as planned. But a judge or circumstances beyond their control might cause the case to go a different direction. If you have already agreed to pay money, you will have to do so regardless of the outcome. If the case was taken on contingency, meaning you only pay if you win, you might walk away with nothing. The important thing to know is that even if you have the strongest case, there is no guarantee that you will win.

If you are prepared for the consultation with the attorney it will help both of you decide if filing a lawsuit is the right thing for the situation. For more information on choosing a personal injury attorney near you, check out websites like