How Does a Free Consultation About Your Personal Injury Claim Work?
When you are injured, you can become easily overwhelmed. In addition to healing from your injuries, you must face mounting medical bills. You must also find a way to pay your expenses while, at the same time, you are unable to work.
A friend or loved one may suggest that you call a personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. However, you may be hesitant to do so. You may wonder what a consultation would involve.
Here, we provide information about how a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer works and what you should expect during the process.
Is It Really Free?
At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, when we say a consultation is "free," we really mean it. We will review the facts of your case and provide you with important information about how West Virginia personal injury law applies to your case.
And we will not charge you a cent or require you to hire us.
If you hire our law firm to represent you, we will work on a contingency fee basis. If we do not obtain a settlement or verdict for you, you will not have to pay us at all.
What Questions Will We Ask?
We encourage anyone who has been in an accident to schedule a free consultation with an injury lawyer. Unless you meet with an attorney, you will have no idea whether you have a case.
When you meet with our team at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we will review as many details of your case as possible. We will ask you questions about the cause of your injury and the extent of your injury. We also will discuss your legal rights and options as you move forward.
In order to learn about your case, we may also ask you some personal questions, including questions about your medical condition. Please know that your answers to these questions are critical for helping us to prepare your case.
Everything we discuss in your free consultation will be completely confidential regardless of whether you hire us.
Can You Prepare for the Consultation?
The information you give us when we meet will help us to form our initial opinions about your case. So, it will help if you bring items such as:
- Medical bills
- A police report from the accident
- Photographs of the accident scene and your injuries
- Information about witnesses to the accident
- Any information you received from the other party involved in your accident (or from that party's insurance company).
However, if you do not have these items, don't let it stop you from seeking the legal help you need.
Additionally, you should be ready to discuss details about how the accident and your injuries have impacted your life, including your ability to work.
Can You Ask Us Questions?
A personal injury consultation is also a chance for you to meet us and learn more about our legal services. In fact, this is one of the most important parts of your case. We want you to decide whether you trust us and will be comfortable working with us as we move ahead.
When you meet with us, please feel free to ask us any questions that you may have, including questions about your case, how the claims process works, what goes into proving negligence, what types of damages you can recover and how long your case may take.
You should also feel welcome to ask questions about our educational and professional backgrounds, the types of cases we have worked on, the verdicts and settlements we have obtained for our clients and what motivates us to work with personal injury victims and their families.
Do You Have to Come to Our Office?
Meeting in our office is always ideal. However, we understand how family and work obligations, transportation issues and mobility problems caused by your injuries can make such a meeting difficult - if not impossible.
For this reason, we offer after-hours and out-of-office appointments. We can travel to your home, or we can conduct your free personal injury consultation by phone or through the Internet.
Contact Our West Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys Today
If you believe that you have been injured by another person's negligence, get in touch with our experienced personal injury team and schedule your free consultation today. Reach us by phone or online. You will find that our lawyers are very approachable. You can count on them to handle your case professionally and compassionately and to work aggressively to pursue full and fair compensation for you.