Tips For A Successful First Call To A Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured and believe the injury to be due to someone else's negligence, then hiring a personal injury lawyer is a smart move. They can help you file a civil case against the responsible party, which will hopefully result in you being compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering. Your dealings with a personal injury attorney all begin with the first call you make to their office. So, how do you make sure that the first call is productive and helpful? Here are some tips.
Call sooner rather than later
Sometimes injured people figure they'll wait and see how they feel in a few days, or they'll wait to see if the responsible party contacts them first before calling a lawyer. But these are not smart choices. The longer you wait before contacting a personal injury attorney, the greater the chances of evidence being erased or passed by. Call the lawyer as soon as you are physically able. They can then start collecting evidence and giving you advice for interacting with the party who you hope to sue.
Have your medical records in front of you
Call any and all doctors who have treated you so far, and ask for a copy of your medical records — if you don't have them already. Have these records in front of you when you call the lawyer. This way, if the lawyer asks you any questions about your diagnosis, the treatments you've received, or the cost of your care, you can give them an answer rather than having to say "I'll get back to you on that."
Be honest about the incident
When you're injured, in pain, and mad that someone did this to you, it can be tempting to exaggerate what happened or embellish your story. But if you do this, then the lawyer can not give you as realistic of an idea of how much they can expect to collect on your case or whether or not you even have a case. Be as honest with your lawyer as possible, not only during this first phone call but always. They can't help you if they don't know the truth, and you don't want the other party to be the one that brings the truth out.
With the tips above, you can have a productive, positive first phone call to a personal injury lawyer. They should give you an idea of whether you have a strong case and how to proceed.