What You Need to Know Before Meeting with Your Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer
From workplace injuries to car accidents, nursing home abuse to defective products, and slip and fall injuries to medical malpractice, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers understand that there are several reasons that people may need an lawyer by their side. However, many people do not know how to go about hiring a lawyer. From being unsure as to which type of lawyer to hire, to not knowing what kind of retainer they need to have on hand, many victims of a Fort Lauderdale personal injury accident want to know, “What do I need to do in order to hire a lawyer?”
Be Ready With Your Contact Information
This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised by how many people want to hire a lawyer and are unwilling to give up any “identifying information.” If you hope to work with any lawyer – regardless of your reasons for needing one – be prepared to give up the following information about yourself:
- Home address;
- Work address;
- Employer’s name and address;
- Home and work phone numbers;
- Mobile and fax numbers if applicable; and
- Email address.
Relevant Facts About Your Case
Providing your contact information is the easy part. Once your lawyer has the key details about you, it is time to share with him or her everything you know about your personal injury case. It is extremely important that you do not leave any details out, and if possible, to tell the story in order, from start to finish. Oftentimes a client will jump around because he or she will remember a key detail only when discussing another key detail. To make your initial consultation worth both yours and your lawyer’s time, try writing down the facts of your case as you remember them. Do not forget to identify key dates and names as you go.
Some important facts for you to bring to your Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer include:
- All the names of key participants in your dispute;
- The date of the dispute or accident;
- The type of dispute or accident (workplace accident, car accident, nursing home abuse);
- The who, what, where, when, and why of your case; and
- The current status of your dispute or accident.
Finally, be prepared to let your lawyer know exactly what you hope to gain from hiring him or her. For instance, if you believe that an elderly loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse in a Fort Lauderdale nursing home, you may want all abusers fired, your loved one’s medical bills taken care of, and compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering.
Relevant Documents and Data
When dealing with a personal injury case in Fort Lauderdale, FL, there are certain documents and pieces of evidence that are helpful in proving liability and winning your case. It is best that we have these documents at the initial consultation, that way we can accurately assess the strength of your case, and give you our honest opinion about the outcome. When dealing with personal injury, we ask that our clients come prepared to the initial consultation with the following types of evidence:
- Any relevant contracts (for instance, with your insurance company);
- Accident or police reports;
- Employment materials (if a work-related injury); and
- Witness statements and contact information.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation with a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer
At The Pendas Law Firm, we handle a range of personal injury cases, and are here to assist Fort Lauderdale residents in the event that they are injured due to someone else’s negligence. If you are in need of a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer, contact our firm at 1-888-LPENDAS to schedule an initial consultation today. We also serve clients in the West Palm Beach, Miami, Tampa, Fort Myer, Orlando, and Jacksonville areas.