If you or a loved one has been injured and need to speak with a Johnson County personal injury attorney, but have delayed calling one because you are not sure what to expect, here is the rundown of what will happen when you call.
1. The attorney, or a staff member, will ask you to describe what happened, what injuries you, or your loved one, has suffered, and why you believe another party may be at fault.
2. If it appears from your description of the accident or event, which caused the injury, that you may have a personal injury claim against another party, you will be scheduled for an appointment to talk to a Johnson County personal injury attorney in person. You may be asked to bring certain documents or information with you, such as the names and contact information for any witnesses or other parties involved, copies of your medical or other injury related bills, and anything you have received from the other party or his or her attorney or insurance company.
3. During your meeting with the attorney, he or she will ask for basic information about you, such as your full name, address, and contact information, as well as more details about the accident or event that caused your injury, and what role the other party played in contributing to the injury or causing the accident. He or she will also give you the opportunity to ask questions and will provide you with as many answers as possible.
4. The attorney will then use the information you provide in order to determine if you have a case and if he or she wishes to represent you. If the attorney accepts your case, you will be asked to sign a fee agreement or other contract agreeing to the representation and to paying the attorney a certain percentage of any settlement or award that you receive, in exchange for the representation. Be wary of any personal injury attorney who asks for money up front or who charges an hourly fee for personal injury cases.
5. Once the Johnson County personal injury attorney has accepted your case, he or she will provide you with a list of information, documentation, and evidence they might need from you, advise you not to speak with anyone else about the accident or event that lead to the injury, and explain the next steps in the legal process.
If you are looking for an experienced personal injury attorney or if you have any additional questions regarding a personal injury claim, please call our office at 817-953-9656 to make an appointment with W. Cade Lovelace.