Many personal injury lawyers offer “free consultations” or
at least a free initial phone call to discuss your potential case. Learn
how to get those most out of these meetings.
If you were injured through no fault of your own, you may be considering
retaining an attorney. The best way to find out whether you have a case
is through an initial consultation with a lawyer experienced in personal
injury law. Here are some simple tips to follow to ensure you make the
most out of your free consultation.
1. Collect Yourself
One thing you want to avoid is being flustered on the phone. We understand
the gravity of the situation you are in, and know that it can be difficult
to compose yourself. However, presenting your case in a calm and collective
way can work wonders. Even legitimate cases can sound irrelevant when
presented the wrong way, so collect yourself before your free consultation.
2. Compile Basic Information
You don’t have to have everything together, but enough to present
a cohesive case. If you were involved in a car accident, this might include
things like pictures of damage to your car, medical records, and insurance
3. Write Out What You Want to Communicate Ahead of Time
While you don’t necessarily have to write out a complete script,
jot down some notes to follow during your free consultation so you don’t
forget to say anything important.
4. Interview the Attorney
Use this free consultation as an opportunity not just to explain your case,
but to get to know the lawyer who might be representing you. Don’t
be afraid to ask him or her questions about cases they have represented
in the past or how many cases they handle at a time.
5. Don’t Leave with Unanswered Questions
Go into the meeting expecting, within reason, the attorney to answer all
of your questions pertaining to your case. At the end of your free consultation,
you should have no unanswered questions or confusion regarding your legal
rights and options.
If you would like to schedule a free legal evaluation with a Portland personal
injury attorney at our law firm, contact us today! To do this, you can
either call (503) 433-3524 or fill out one of our
free case review forms.