What Happens During the First Consultation With My Personal Injury Lawyer?

Attorney David Azizi

You’ve been in an accident, and you are scheduled to meet with a personal injury lawyer tomorrow. You have a lot of questions to ask, and you’re wonder what will happen at the appointment. Since being prepared is always a good option, we’ve put together an overview of what to expect.

How Long Will the Meeting Last?

This varies according to the type of case. Some accidents are straightforward, and getting the logistics down will suffice. Others, such as complex accidents or amputation cases, require a longer time. The attorney will need to know about the accident and how it happened. He or she will need to get a fix on where it happened, who was involved and other such information.

It is helpful to sit down and write out everything you can remember about the accident itself. Describe what happened and note the details. If witnesses were present, list them if you know their names. Were other people hurt? Did you or anyone else go to the hospital? If so, were you released the same day, or did you remain at the hospital for any length of time. Have you been able to work?

What Will the Lawyer Do?

During the first part of the consult, the lawyer will listen to your description of the accident then ask questions. Speak honestly to the attorney. He or she is on your side. The lawyer may ask you for any of the following:

  • You may be asked to sign a form releasing medical information concerning the accident to the attorney. This is essential for the lawyer to understand the injury you suffered.
  • You might be asked to sign a representation agreement.
  • The attorney will want to know about your insurance coverage if it is pertinent to the accident. You might also be asked if you spoke to an insurance adjustor and whether or not the conversation was taped.
  • The attorney might tell you to refer any further queries from the insurance company to him or her.
  • You might be asked how you are feeling. This is an open-ended question and one that you might want to prepare for. Be sure to include everything you can think of since it might be important later on.
  • The lawyer might ask if you have questions. Ask them if you do. No question is too small. You might want to write down some questions before the meeting to make sure you don’t forget anything.
  • Ask the lawyer how you can contact him or her. Get a number if it is offered. It is important that there be a way to talk to your lawyer when you need to.

David Azizi’s Relationship With Clients

David knows that the entire legal process is foreign to many people. He understands they feel better when they know he is a phone call away. That is why he gives clients his cellphone number. This empathy is evident every step of the way. Call David at (800)991-5292 to arrange for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an accident. It is the first step to getting your life back to normal. David is here to help you start the process.