After suffering serious injuries in a car accident, you may want to pursue compensation for those injuries and other damages. However, you may not feel well-versed enough in the legal proceedings that go along with filing a personal injury claim to follow such a path on your own. Luckily, you do have the option of seeking assistance from legal professionals who could provide you with valuable information and advice.
Of course, when looking for legal counsel, you certainly want to find the person best suited for your needs. Therefore, you may wish to have an idea of what you may encounter when consulting with an attorney for the first time.
Exchange of information
The initial consultation may require a considerable amount of exchanging information. Your prospective legal counsel will need to know the details of the accident that caused your injuries and information regarding the injuries themselves. Additionally, you will gain information on the types of fees associated with obtaining that legal counsel, what other costs could come up in regards to your legal case and what type of assistance a particular individual may provide for you.
In order to better gauge various potential aspects of your case, the attorney will likely ask you some specific questions in hopes of gaining a better understanding of your case. These questions may relate to areas such as:
- Your insurance information
- Your medical records and the release of those records for review
- Those to whom you have spoken about the accident
- Details discussed with other parties
- Whether any individuals witnessed the accident
- Pain and prognosis relating to your injuries
Though some of these questions may seem intrusive or unnecessary at first, it can help a legal professional determine whether he or she has the ability to effectively attend to your case.
Choosing an attorney
After the exchange of information, you and your prospective legal counsel can decide whether you would like to work with each other. If the manner in which the attorney approached questioning or provided information did not allow you to feel comfortable with his or her methods, you may choose to consult with another individual. The possibility also exists that the attorney may decline to take on your case due lack of availability, capability or various other reasons.
Because dealing with a personal injury case can prove stressful due to having already suffered injuries, you undoubtedly want someone on your side with whom you feel comfortable. Exploring your options for finding a suitable Tennessee attorney may help you feel more at ease.