The vast majority of personal injury claims that are filed in Memphis and surrounding areas in Tennessee start with a free case consultation.
The consultation is designed as an opportunity for a lawyer to get to know more about the accident that harmed a prospective client, and for the lawyer to explain the journey that could lie ahead for both of them.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, and you are now considering taking legal action, it may help you to know more about the nature of consultations and what you can expect from one.
Most lawyers conduct free case evaluations because they are genuinely concerned about the well-being of those in their community. They want to help injured persons to seek just compensation from those who have wrongfully harmed them.
By providing a free case evaluation, a lawyer gives a person the opportunity to talk with someone about what has happened to them. A lawyer, above all, must be a good listener. By listening carefully, a lawyer can get a good understanding of how an accident occurred and how it has impacted a person’s life.
Additionally, a lawyer can help a person to understand his or her legal rights. While many of us may have a vague idea of what our rights are after an accident, a lawyer can explain them to you in a way that makes them clear and easy to understand.
During a consultation, the lawyer will also do his or her best to give an assessment of a person’s ability to recover damages and the potential damages that could be sought through a claim with an insurance company or, if needed, a lawsuit.
Because we don’t want concerns about cost to stop a person from seeking legal help, we never charge for consultations at The Law Office of David E. Gordon, P.C. As we tell prospective clients, by attending a consultation, they will have no obligation to work with us, and everything they say will be kept confidential.
Lawyers are looking for a variety of information during a free case evaluation. So, it is important that you come prepared. Some things that your attorney is likely hoping to learn about your case during a consultation include:
Do not be surprised if the attorney asks a lot of questions, including some questions that may seem personal. These questions are all asked in order to form an accurate picture of your claim.
The lawyer is not the only one who should be asking questions during a case consultation. You should feel free to question the attorney about his or her experience and about the process of filing a claim.
Some questions that you should consider asking the attorney include:
During preparation for your case evaluation, be sure to bring as much information as you can gather about your accident such as:
Also, remember that it is very important that you tell the attorney the absolute truth when discussing your claim. If you are keeping anything back, your attorney will eventually learn about it.
After your free case evaluation, you will have the opportunity to think about whether you want to hire the attorney and pursue your claim together. If you decide to hire the attorney, then you will enter into an agreement.
From that point, you should focus your efforts on your health and your recovery. While you focus on getting better, your attorney will work on the case, beginning with a thorough investigation of your accident. Throughout the process, your lawyer should keep you updated on its progress and reach out to you as needed.
At The Law Office of David E. Gordon, we want to help you to pursue the compensation that you deserve. Because time may be running out to file your claim, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible. We offer free consultations to all injury victims in Memphis and surrounding areas in Tennessee. Simply reach out to us by phone or online today.