WHAT TO EXPECT IN A VIRTUAL PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY MEETING
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For most accident victims, the legal field is totally foreign. It can be intimidating to prepare for a virtual personal injury attorney meeting without knowing what it will entail. This shouldn’t have to be the case, however. An experienced personal injury attorney should be able to ease your concerns and give you effective advice all while getting the information about your case that they need from you. Online personal injury lawyer meetings may present some challenges, but they also offer significant advantages all while keeping everyone involved as safe as possible.
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 personal injury attorney meeting.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR ACCIDENT
Before you schedule meetings with attorneys, it can be helpful to know what to do immediately after your accident. While no two cases will ever be exactly the same, the following are steps that should be completed in the majority of situations.
1. Seek Medical Attention
Immediately after your accident, seek medical attention for your injuries as quickly as possibly can. Getting this taken care of as soon as possible is important for a couple of different reasons. First, certain injuries might worsen if left untreated, and some injuries might not actually be detected without medical intervention. Seeking compensation for your injuries requires that you make a connection between your injuries and the accident that caused them. Addressing your injuries soon after your accident may help support your claim.
2. Report the Accident
Depending on the accident that caused your injuries, this step can look different. Generally, though, it is important to report the accident to the proper authorities. This could be calling the police and filing a report if you were in a car accident, or making sure to report a workplace accident to your supervisor or your company’s HR department. Reporting is critical because it gives you a chance to explain what happened to cause your accident immediately after the fact and it may be required by law for you to be able to seek compensation.
3. Document the Accident
After you have reported your accident to the proper outlets, the next step is to go about documenting the accident as thoroughly as possible. At the beginning of a personal injury case, there is no way to determine exactly what might become critical to your case. This means that accident victims should gather everything that they can think of related to their case, whether it seems important at the moment or not. Some components of a case that could be important include any photos or videos of the accident or accident scene, contact information for any witnesses, and medical records.
4. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
You do not need to go through the post-accident process on your own. The other parties and insurance companies in your case are likely going to be trying to pay you as they are legally obligated to, and if you don’t have experience in the field of personal injury law, you may be taken advantage of. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you possibly can may help protect you from the ill will of other parties and help you turn around and fight for maximum compensation in an effective and persuasive way.
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.
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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.
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