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Today, I want to provide some advice on what to expect when you meet your lawyer for the first time, specifically if you are meeting with a personal injury lawyer or a workers’ compensation lawyer. The experience might differ if you’re meeting with a criminal lawyer or an insurance defense lawyer.

Generally speaking, when you meet with a personal injury lawyer, the lawyer will ask questions about who you are, your accident, and what happened to you. They will also inquire about any pre-existing physical conditions that may be similar to the injuries you are currently experiencing due to your accident.

Discussing Attorney Fees

A crucial topic that will be discussed is the attorney fee. Most personal injury lawyers do not charge an hourly fee. For instance, at my office, we don’t charge any hourly fees at all; it’s all based on a contingency fee basis. Your lawyer will explain what a contingency fee means in detail, but essentially, it means that the lawyer only gets paid if and when you win your case.

Fees can vary: some lawyers have standard fees regardless of how the case progresses, while others may have different fees depending on whether a case is filed or goes to trial. At Kirkpatrick Law Offices, we charge the same standard fee no matter the outcome.

Importance of Truthfulness

When you meet with your lawyer, it’s vital to be truthful. For example, if you have a history of prior neck pain or surgery and you’re now discussing a recent automobile accident that injured your neck, be upfront about your medical history. Your lawyer needs to understand your complete medical background to address it with your doctors. Be honest about all aspects of your accident, good or bad, because your lawyer will use these facts to get the best result possible. If the facts are not accurate, it could backfire, as insurance companies will investigate thoroughly to uncover any prior conditions or undisclosed information.

Preparing for Your Appointment

If you have your medical records and bills from your doctors, bring them to your appointment. Having the names and addresses of the doctors you’ve seen can also be very helpful. This information allows your lawyer to work more efficiently, moving your case forward more quickly.

Evaluating Your Case

Your lawyer will not be able to determine the value of your case during the first meeting. They need to understand the extent of your treatment, whether they can prove the other party’s negligence, and have a full account of your medical bills and lost wages. While some lawyers might give an initial estimate, it’s usually not possible to provide an accurate valuation at the first meeting.

Communication and Support

Your lawyer should be able to answer any questions you have. If they don’t know the answer immediately, they should be willing to find out for you. At my office, I like to introduce clients to my staff, so they know who they’re talking to when they call. Establishing this relationship helps clients feel more comfortable and supported.

We strive to be accessible and accommodating. Our office opens at 8:00 AM, and I’m usually here until 6:00 PM. We are available via phone, text, and email, ensuring that clients can reach us easily at almost any time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m here to help.

Best regards,

Eric Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick Law Offices

(618) 239-6070