What Should I Expect from My First Consultation?
Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 4:59 pm
The first thing you should expect, is that we’re going to take a look at your documents and we are going to explain everything to you, because oftentimes, our clients come in and they’ve gotten documents from a workers’ compensation insurance company, and they don’t have any idea what they mean. So we’re going to make sure that you understand, whether you hire us or not, what those documents mean and what your status is.
The second we’re going to do, is we’re going to obtain information from you about how the accident or injury occurred. We’re going to get all the details that you have to offer, and we have some paperwork that we have you fill out, and then we go over that with you and make sure that everything is covered. We want to make sure we know if you’ve had any prior accidents or injuries, we want to make sure we know every doctor that you’ve seen so that we can go ahead and send away for medical records, and make sure we have a complete medical history that we can communicate to the insurance company involved in the case.
After we do that, I’m going to put my pen down, and so will every other attorney here, and we’re going to explain things to you. We’re not going to then present you with forms to sign and a fee agreement and send you on your way, we’re going to sit down and we’re going to say, “OK, this is the type of case you have , and this is how things are likely to play out, this is the liability situation (if it’s a personal injury case).” If it’s a work injury case, we’re going to explain where thing stand with your workers’ compensation claim at that time, and we’re going to make sure that you have an understanding role on the same page as to what we need to do, what we will do, and how long all of that will take, and what the expected outcome is.
Once we do that, and if you’re satisfied, we will then ask you if you’d like to retain our firm. Assuming the answer is “yes”, you’ll sign the fee agreement, you’ll sign some medical authorizations, and then we would get started on your case and check back in with you as things start to develop.