When a person is involved in a Los Angeles personal injury accident, it is important to meet with an attorney who can advise you on what to do. Most personal injury attorneys have a free consultation, which you can start with a phone call or fill out a form on their website, then meet in person.
For many people, this may be the first time they have had contact with an attorney, and it is essential to know what to expect during this initial consultation.
- Know if the lawyer is specialized in the type of case you are facing. Not all attorneys can take on all cases, even within the personal injury arena. For example, having a car accident between private cars is not the same as having an accident with a commercial truck. During this first meeting, you will be able to determine if the lawyer you contacted has enough experience and positive results in handling previous similar cases.
- Describe your experience. The lawyer will ask you to tell him how the accident happened in detail and everything that has resulted from it. This way, the lawyer will be able to determine if you have a strong enough case to start legal proceedings and if he can help you.
- Lawyer-client relationship. One of the critical aspects that you must consider is the relationship that the lawyer can establish with you. It is crucial that you feel comfortable with the person who will handle your case, that they take the time to listen to you and answer all your questions, and that they communicate well. In some law firms, not all attorneys handle the same cases, so it is important to make sure that the attorney you are seeing will be in charge. If not, request that the attorney who will be present at the initial meeting. Receiving professional and dignified treatment is a right that all clients have, as well as being well informed about each part of the process.
- Lawyer fees. Most personal injury attorneys work for something called a “contingency fee.” This means that you will not have to make any payments until they win your case or reach a favorable settlement for you. Typically, their fees will be a percentage of the compensation you get. Make sure you are clear on what this percentage will be.
If you were injured due to someone else's negligence, our legal team can help you exercise your rights. Call us for a free, complete, and confidential consultation.
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