Meeting your attorney for the first time after you've been injured in an accident with a truck can be scary -- which is why it helps to be prepared.
Here are three things you need to know to be prepared for your appointment:
1. A first consultation can be fairly short -- whether the attorney takes your case or not. If the attorney decides not to take your case (or you decide the attorney isn't right for you), there's no need to prolong the visit.
If the attorney does take your case, the odds are good you're still fairly early in your recovery period and there's a lot of information that still needs to be collected before the attorney can give you a better evaluation or more information.
2. If the attorney declines to take your case, find out why. It may be due to a particular weakness in your case, a conflict of interest or the amount of compensation that the attorney thinks you can expect to receive for your injuries.
Some attorneys only handle severe cases -- others will handle smaller cases. Either way, don't be afraid to ask. The majority of attorneys will level with you about what they see as a potential problem or why they personally won't take the case.
3. Take as much information with you as you can in order to help the attorney assess your case. This includes (but isn't limited to):
- All of the basic information from the accident scene -- the police report, the trucking company's name, the driver's name, contact information and what insurance companies are involved.
- All of the details you can remember about the accident. How did it happen? What did you believe caused it? Why do you believe that?
- What medical treatment have you received due to the accident and where have you received it? What injuries are still healing?
- How are you limited as a result of your injuries? What ongoing problems do you have right now? Have you lost wages?
The more quickly and concisely you can explain this information, the easier it will be for the attorney to assess your truck accident case and advise you about the next steps to take.