After sustaining an injury, not only are you in physical and mental anguish,
you may also be in shock from the traumatic experience. By obtaining legal
representation, you can focus on getting well, while your attorney handles
everything else. Many
personal injury victims are scared or hesitant to contact an attorney after an accident,
because they do not know what to expect. In order to reduce any stress
or anxiety, we are going to do a brief overview of the process, once we
receive a call from a potential client.
Once you do your research and contact a qualified and experienced attorney
in your area, they will ask questions and probe as to the reason for your
call. The attorney may ask you for an overall description of your accident,
what happened, who was injured and what types of injuries were sustained.
Depending on how severe your injuries are, the matter may need urgent
legal attention and that will determine what the first step of your case
If you have not received medical attention for your injuries, your attorney
will probably advise you to see a doctor and have your injuries treated.
Your health and comfort is top priority, not only will you feel better
but you can also use those medical records as further evidence in your case.
Once you decide that this attorney is the one you want to represent you
and the attorney takes on your case, then you will be protected under
what is called "Attorney / client privilege," which means that
anything you share with them is completely confidential if you so choose.
If you want some details of the accident kept personal, then your attorney
is not legally able to share them.
After sitting down with your attorney and telling them all the little details
of the incident, your attorney can then determine whether you have a valid
personal injury claim or not and how much your claim could be worth. Your
attorney will probably advise you not be come into contact with the other
party or to make any formal statements to the insurance company about
the accident. Anything that you say to them could be used against you
as evidence in the case, so it is always best to refrain.
Your attorney will most likely have you explain the happenings of the accident
several times so that nothing is missed. It is always best to write down
everything that occurred that day so it stays fresh in your mind and your
story does not waiver. They may also encourage you to take photos of your
injury (If it is still visible) or to search for photos of the accident
(If you took any). When it comes to personal injury evidence, it is essential
that all evidence is preserved and not tampered with in any way. If you
were injured by a defective product, leave it just as it is and take a
picture of it just as it was when your injury occurred.
experienced personal injury attorney will then begin to do more thorough investigative research about
your case. For example, your attorney will ask to speak with any witnesses
who saw the accident occur and get their testimony to use as evidence.
Your attorney will need your personal contact information so they can
set up the next one-on-one meeting and they will explain what the next
step will be and how it will be handles. They will most likely as you
to bring in certain materials, paperwork or objects that pertain to the
case. A second meeting however, is not always necessary; sometimes the
rest of the case can be handled via phone or email.
At the end of your meeting, make sure that you take that time to ask your
attorney questions and have them address any concerns that you may have.
Also be sure to talk about attorney
fee arrangements and matters of payment. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident,
take swift legal action today and recover the full amount of restitution
that you deserve. At Clemens Blair Kitchwe offer individual time and
attention to every case and we will do everything in our power to help
you obtain a favorable outcome in your case. We offer a free initial case
evaluation to all potential clients. If you would like to schedule an
appointment, be sure to
contact an Oklahoma City personal injury attorney at our firm today!