When you’re preparing to see your personal injury lawyer, you might not know what to expect. You’re likely gathering all of the documentation you have so you have all the proof you need to show them what your case entails. While this is a great way to prepare for your meeting, you should also prep yourself to be asked some questions that could be upsetting, or that you might not immediately know the answer to.
While these questions could upset you, that’s not your lawyer’s intention. They just want to get to the bottom of what happened, so any question they ask, your full honesty is important. Let’s take a look at some of the questions your personal injury lawyer might ask you at your first meeting.
Questions You’ll Be Asked
Meeting with your attorney for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. If you’ve never had to hire a personal injury lawyer before, you might not know what to expect at all. We understand that getting legal help can be intimidating, which is why we’re here to guide you through the legal process and ensure that you feel comfortable every step of the way.
In order to feel confident and prepared before meeting your personal injury lawyer for the first time, you should know what they’re going to ask you. That way, you can consider your answers prior to the meeting so that you won’t waste time while with your lawyer. Of course, you can’t prepare for every single question, but here are some of the questions you can expect from your personal injury lawyer:
- What happened in the moments leading up and during the accident?
- Were you doing anything to contribute fault?
- Were you paying attention and following the law?
- Were you trespassing in any way?
- What documentation do you have of the accident and your injuries?
- What were your injuries?
- Did you have any other damages?
- Were there any witnesses?
- Did you seek medical treatment right away?
- Have you gone to every doctor’s appointment?
- Have you missed work?
- What are you expecting from your case?
- How involved do you want to be?
- Why did you choose me as your lawyer?
All of these questions can feel deeply personal or can be hard for you to answer. That’s why you’ll want to mentally prepare to be asked any of these questions—that way, you won’t be surprised that your lawyer is asking these questions and can answer as honestly as possible.
While you’re preparing for the questions your attorney might ask you, you can also prepare some questions that you would like to ask them as well.
Questions You Should Ask
Your attorney isn’t the only person who will be asking questions in this first meeting, though. You will also want to ask them a few questions when you’re about to hire them as your legal representation. Here are some of the most important questions you should ask your personal injury lawyer:
- What are your fees?
- Will you be the one working on my case?
- Will anyone else be helping?
- Have you handled cases like mine before?
- What are your qualifications?
- How will you communicate?
- What do you think is a fair outcome for me?
- Do you have a timeline for my case?
All of these questions will help you get a firm idea of how this personal injury attorney can help you. Otherwise, you might leave your meeting with more questions than before you went in, and then you don’t feel as confident in your decision to take legal action. You should feel informed at all steps of your case, which is why it’s important to ask these kinds of questions at your first meeting.
DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC Will Answer Your Questions
All of these questions can seem overwhelming. At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, our personal injury attorneys are here to guide you through the legal process so that you can feel comfortable with your claim. We’ll ask you questions, but we will also answer any of your questions honestly and as fully as possible.
When you have suffered from a personal injury, you deserve to get justice for the damages that a negligent party caused you. Reach out to our office today so that our West Virginia personal injury lawyers can get started on your case right away.