What Should I Expect From My First Meeting With a Personal Injury Lawyer?

In the aftermath of a serious accident, one of the choices you will have to make is whether or not to find an Asheville personal injury lawyer for a free consultation.   Often, clients will meet with several different accident attorneys to decide which attorney is the best fit for them, and discuss their case.  Here is what you should expect from those initial meetings.

Meeting Your Personal Injury Lawyer

When you come into an attorneys office after scheduling an appointment, you will meet with the attorney and explain what happened in your accident in detail.  Almost every personal injury lawyer charges on a “contingency basis” meaning that you only pay out of whatever they can recover for you in a settlement or jury verdict.  As such, the initial consultation will likely be of no charge to you.  

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During this time, you will be feeling out the attorney and asking questions about your case and how their practice operates, and they will likely be asking lots of questions and gathering information pertinent to the case.  

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Personal Injury Case Consultation

After going over the incident in detail and gathering all relevant information, the attorney will probably give you their general idea of what your chances of success are, possible strategies, and strength and weaknesses on both sides.  The attorney will then tell you whether they can help you with your case, and whether its worth hiring a lawyer at all, or if you should try to resolve your claim on your own.

If both sides feel comfortable moving forward, you will most likely sign a contract, medical information (HIPAA) release forms, insurance information, and any other legal documents they need to operate on your behalf.

Accident Attorney Fees

Your personal injury lawyer should explain clearly how their fee process works.   In almost every case, this means explaining the ‘contingency basis’ process, which means that you pay nothing until your case settles or receives a judgement in court, at which time they will take a percentage.  Typically this percentage is between 33-40%.  

Some attorneys have a fee structure that goes up slightly if your case goes to trial, to account for the large amount of work and expenses involved taking a case to trial.  The attorney may also deduct additional expenses from your payment, such as court costs, filing fees, depositions, and other legal expenses.  This should all be explained to you up front so that there is no confusion down the road.   

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Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer

You might have questions like “do I need a personal injury lawyer?” or “How do I get a Personal Injury Attorney?” or “Who are top rated personal injury lawyers near me?”. 

If you have questions about an injury that you’d like to discuss with an experienced personal injury lawyer, our personal injury legal team would be happy to discuss the particulars of your case to see if it is something that we can assist with.

We often advise our clients how to settle their case on their own, when it is in their best interest to do so.  If you have questions, Call or Email and we would be happy to discuss your case with you. 

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Contact Asheville Personal Injury Attorneys

If you have been injured and need to speak with a skilled Asheville personal injury attorney, Contact Lakota R. Denton for a free, no pressure consultation.  We’re here to help.  If you have questions, Call or Email and we would be happy to discuss your case with you. 

Attorney Lakota Denton

Attorney Lakota DentonLakota Denton has been practicing in his own firm since 2013, focusing solely on personal injury. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar association, the American Bar Association, the National Trial Lawyers, and was awarded Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, the 2014 Top 40 Lawyers under 40, and the Avvo clients choice award. [ Attorney Bio ]



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