If you are trying to successfully win a personal injury lawsuit, throw away your hopes if you don’t have an experienced lawyer by your side. As full-fledged legal professionals, lawyers are vital allies. Assuming you’re going to hire one, an initial consultation is going to be required. Here’s what you can expect from your first meeting with your personal injury lawyer.
Details surrounding the case. Your lawyer will definitely want information off the bat, that's why you better come prepared with all the necessary information regarding the case. Most of the time, legal cases are going to be a he-said, she-said kind of thing, so your version of the story, especially if you were personally involved with the incident, will weigh a lot.
Assessment. After reviewing the facts, the lawyer will then sit down and talk with you about the case. Based on your narration of the events, he should be able to assess if your case can actually hold water in court. If he thinks there is sufficient merit to warrant a day in court, then he will advice you on what the next step should be. Otherwise, a settlement out of court, or even dropping the case altogether, could be his suggestion.
Money matters. Discuss the bill payment scheme. Will you be billed hourly or daily? If so, at what rate? Take time to weigh in all the option and determine if you actually have the budget to afford your own lawyer.