Working with a Personal Injury Lawyer
When you hire a personal injury lawyer, you are hiring the quarterback (and coach) of your team. As such, your attorney will lead your team in which you are a key player. As a key player, you will have a major role and responsibilities. The following are some of the things that you need to do to help your personal injury lawyer.
Provide Accurate Information
Beginning at your first meeting with the lawyer, tell the truth and provide all the facts. To prepare the best case possible, your lawyer will need to know all of the details. Your attorney will ask you many questions. You may think that there is no relevance to some of these questions. The smallest of details can make or break your personal injury claim. Therefore, do not question the relevance.
Also, if you lie, the truth will eventually come out. And when it does, your attorney will be put in a weaker position. Further, your lawyer can fire you for lying to him. The only way to work effectively with your lawyer is by always being honest.
One of the best ways to help your case is to organize your records and relevant paperwork. Your lawyer will need medical records, insurance policies and other documents. It is important that you know the whereabouts all relevant records.
Understand the Client Relationship
Your lawyer is ethically required to work to the best of his or her abilities on your case. You should expect nothing less. Likewise, you should be kept informed of the progress of your case. Any changes or updates should not come as a surprise to you. Also remember, that hard work and information do not determine success of your case. The strength of your case depends on facts, evidence, and the law. Lastly, it is important to know that lawsuits can take a long time. There are many factors outside of the lawyer’s control.
Working with a personal injury lawyer may be your first time being involved in litigation. For the novice, litigation can be daunting and confusing. When unsure of something, ask your lawyer. Your personal injury attorney is the expert and should patiently and clearly explain legal matters to you. Ask away – there are no stupid questions, especially when it comes to your lawsuit.
This blog contains a few basic concepts of working with a personal injury lawyer. As we say above, you should ask questions when you do not understand something. So, if you have any, give us a call.