What To Expect In a Virtual Personal Injury Attorney MeetingLast updated on: February 4, 2023
PURPOSE OF AN INITIAL ATTORNEY MEETING
Generally speaking, there are two main purposes of an initial attorney meeting. First, it gives the attorney the chance to begin to evaluate the case of their potential client. Based on their experience and the facts that they are hearing from the accident victim they can begin to formulate an opinion on whether there is a viable claim to be made and what the chances of winning might be. This information can be invaluable to an accident victim because it can determine whether it is worth it to them to go ahead with a claim or whether they would be wasting their time.
Second, it is important to remember in an attorney meeting that you are also evaluating whether the attorney is someone that you want to hire. Ultimately, you are the one who decides whether you believe that the attorney is someone who could represent your interests and whether or not you would like to hire them. Some things to think and inquire about include the attorney’s experience handling similar cases, whether their current caseload has space for your claim, and the resources that they may have access to assist you.
PREPARING FOR YOUR ONLINE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER MEETING
Meeting with an attorney can be intimidating. However, one benefit of meeting with an attorney virtually is that you are free to speak with them in the comfort of your own home without having to travel to an office. Even with this comfort, though, meeting with an attorney is still something that most people don’t have any experience with. It can be helpful to have a few pointers about how to prepare and what to expect.
First, understand that the attorney you meet with is going to want to know all of the details surrounding your case. This means that you should be prepared to share everything that you remember. A couple of ways to prepare for this could be writing down everything that you remember in a journal or practicing telling the story to a family member or friend. You should also have available to you all of the documentation related to your case that you have been able to gather.
One concern that an accident victim might have about sharing the details of their case with an attorney is that they might somehow damage their case or get in trouble if the attorney shares that information. However, attorneys are not allowed to share any of this information, so you should be completely honest and forthcoming in your meeting. Even if you don’t end up hiring the attorney that you meet with, they are still not allowed to reveal the details of what you shared with them.
FINDING A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
With all of the personal injury attorney advertisements that you likely see on TV or the internet, finding an attorney seems like it should be the easy part. However, the trick is knowing what to look for when researching and talking to attorneys to ensure that you find an attorney who gives you a good shot at receiving maximum compensation for your injuries.
To be able to practice in the state that you live in, an attorney must be licensed by that state. This means that the first step of your search needs to be narrowing it down to attorneys who are licensed to practice law in your state. With the availability of the internet and the potential to meet attorneys virtually, this is an important first step to ensure that you don’t waste time meeting with an attorney who practices law thousands of miles from where you live.
Knowledge of Local Laws
Along with being licensed in the state that your accident took place, any potential attorney should be well-versed in the laws of that area. Personal injury law is governed by state law, which means that there are variations from state to state, and being unfamiliar with these differences could potentially be fatal to your claim. Make sure that any attorneys you are speaking with have a good working knowledge of the laws in your area.
Just like with any other job, experience for attorneys comes from years on the job. The attorneys that you are considering should have a track record of winning settlements for their clients. A good track record indicates that an attorney has the experience necessary to fight for you by drawing on their past cases to better understand the nuances of your case.
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LEGAL TIME LIMITS
When thinking about hiring an attorney to handle your claim, one thing to keep in mind is the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the legal term for how long you have to file a claim based on a given accident. The statute varies from state to state, but it will typically be anywhere from two to four years. For example, if you were in a car accident in a state where the vehicular accident statute of limitations is two years, then you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim or risk it being dismissed for lack of timeliness. The presence of the statute of limitations means that, while you should be careful and take your time in selecting an attorney, there are time limits that you need to be aware of.
CALL ZINDA LAW GROUP TODAY
Zinda Law Group attorneys stand at the ready to use their experience to help you. We have the technology to be able to set up online personal injury attorney meetings at a time that is convenient to you. We offer free consultations, and you won’t pay us anything until we win your case for you. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a family member has suffered an injury resulting from the negligence of someone else, contact Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to set up your virtual consultation with a personal injury lawyer.