If you were injured in a preventable accident, you may be wondering about what takes place during a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, Napa, San Francisco, or elsewhere in California. Once you have conducted some research and you are ready to schedule a consultation with a member of RS Law Offices, here is what to expect.
During this consultation, your lawyer will first want to get your detailed account of what exactly happened. Were you involved in a car accident? Crosswalk accident? Were you hit by a tractor-trailer? Were there any passengers in your vehicle? Did you get the other driver’s insurance information? These are some of the common questions your attorney will ask during the consultation. The length of the consult will vary widely, depending on the specific facts of your case.
Your Napa personal injury attorney will want to look over any paperwork, documents, photographs, etc. that you have concerning the accident. This includes:
• Photographs of the accident scene
• Photographs of your injuries
• Accident reports
• Police investigation notes
• Citations or tickets
• Witness statements
• Self-taken notes
• Doctor’s notes and emergency room notes
• Automobile insurance policy
• Health insurance card
• Any information about the other driver
Bringing all this information gives your attorney the biggest, most complete picture of your case possible so that you can receive the most accurate information possible. The more thorough the information the attorney has to assess, the better.
Once you have given your account of what happened and explained your harms and losses, your attorney will provide a general assessment on the viability of your personal injury case. This includes an overview of what to expect if a claim is filed, the possible defenses that could be asserted, the possibility of reaching a settlement, and the potential for actually obtaining a financial recovery.