Personal injury cases are always delicate issues mainly because they are emotionally-charged because of injuries sustained by one party through no fault of theirs. It is for this reason that when you feel that your rights have been abused and you have been hurt in the process, you need to seek legal advice and find out what your options are.
However, before you seek legal advice, have your injuries checked and treated by a doctor. It would be best to seek professional attention so you can get proper medical records of your immediate and future treatments, if needed.
What to Prepare for Your First Meeting
Aside from the basic paper and pen, it would help if you can bring the following documents with you as well. By doing this, you save time and the need for a second consultation. The first meeting would be sufficient in substance with these documents because it will give the lawyer something to study and assess other than your verbal testimony.
- Medical records: emergency treatment, receipts, doctor’s diagnosis and recommendation for treatment, lab reports
- Police report or any other official document detailing the events that happened leading to the injury
- Name of the other party and any details or documents like photocopy of ID
- Witness testimonies in writing
- Insurance papers
- Calendar or timeline of your routine and how the injury has affected your income
Questions to Ask
The first meeting with a personal injury lawyer is usually friendly, professional, and has a let’s- get- down-to-business approach which should work very well for you in addressing your most urgent concerns. Some of the questions you should ask include:
- Do I have a good case?
- What is your professional opinion on the time it would take to resolve this case – best and worst scenarios?
- What is your case percentage on personal injury?
- Do you recommend settlement or going to court? What is the best that I can get in damages or compensation?
- Can you give me an assessment of all the legal costs and expenses I will have to pay for including advance fees, court costs, legal fees, expert fees, out of pocket and miscellaneous fees?
- Do you offer contingency fee and if so, what is your percentage?
- Will you be my lawyer or will I be referred to someone else?
- What is your policy on personal injury cases in terms of communications with the client?
Finally, you should ask the lawyer what his legal advice is on your situation. A good lawyer will always be honest and upfront with you. At Mullowney’s Law, we are dedicated to giving the best legal advice to the people in Ottawa. For your free consultation, call us and let us assess your situation. We truly believe in fighting for the rights of people who have been unjustly injured or misled.