what to expect during initial consultation Derrick Law FirmIf you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a serious accident with a commercial truck, you know you need help. You’ve done the research and found a lawyer who might be right for your injury case. You’re even scheduled to meet with this attorney. Now what? 

Many accident victims have little experience with the law, and the thought of visiting an attorney can be daunting. Before you go, it can be helpful to understand what you can expect from this initial meeting.

What to Expect From a Myrtle Beach Injury Attorney

It’s natural to feel apprehensive about meeting with a new person to discuss such a traumatic and potentially personal matter, but there’s no need to worry. The right attorney will not judge you or force you into legal action. 

During an initial consultation, a lawyer will simply gather information and provide a basic explanation of what your case could entail. He will:

Ask Questions About Your Accident 

The attorney will need to gather information to get a clear picture of the accident and its consequences on your life—especially the nature of your injuries.​

Explain Your Legal Rights

The attorney will explain the law and how it applies to your specific claim. With this information, accident victims can make informed, effective decisions about how to proceed.

Discuss Potential Damages

Damages include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. It’s important to understand what may be recovered if you pursue a legal claim. Each case is unique, and damages will vary depending on the facts of your case.

Evaluate The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Your Case

The attorney can provide an idea of how successful the case may be. For the accident victim, some claims may simply not be worth pursuing.

Offer Possible Steps Forward 

While a victim is under no obligation to decide how to proceed in the initial meeting, the attorney may offer ideas as to the next steps for your claim. If the attorney feels that your situation does not merit a legal claim, he will let you know that, as well.

What a South Carolina Injury Attorney Will Expect From You

For the most effective consultation, it’s important for the accident victim to be prepared. The attorney will have a few expectations of you during the consultation. These include: 

Be Honest

An attorney cannot be effective if he does not have truthful information. Your discussion is private, and there is no reason to not be 100% honest.

Share The Complete Story 

Do not omit any information. It’s best for your attorney to be as prepared as possible for any risk. When it comes to the law, surprises are usually problems.

Bring All Related Documents 

Bring any bills, notices, letters, or notes related to the accident. The more information and evidence you provide to the attorney, the easier it can be to build a strong case.

Ask Questions 

There’s no such thing as a bad question. An attorney understands that accident victims are not legal experts.

Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Area Truck Accident?

If you or a loved one was injured in a commercial truck accident in South Carolina, you should speak with a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Charleston, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.2359 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Conway, Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Mt. PleasantNorth Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

Dirk J. Derrick
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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.