If you have been injured in an accident, are you ready to speak to a lawyer? You should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible once you have been injured. Yet, this process may be intimidating for people, especially if they have no idea what to expect.
Here are a few tips to consider that can make your discussion with a lawyer easier and more useful to you and your family:
Write Things Down
If you have recently been in an accident, you may still be jittery from adrenaline or the shock of being involved in a collision or workplace incident. This is especially true in accidents that occur in common places such as on the Bruce Highway near Brisbane. The best way to handle this occurrence is to write down the following as soon as possible:
- What happened in the accident?
- Where did it happen?
- Who was involved and/or who witnessed the accident?
- Why did the accident happen? (e.g. was someone at fault, was there weather conditions involved, if it was work related, was adequate safety procedures or equipment given or followed, etc.)
Details such as this may seem as a blur when you are explaining it to a lawyer. Writing down this critical information will help you remember small details that could be critical to the success of your claim (e.g. did you notice that the negligent driver was on his cell phone at the time of the accident?)
It is Okay to Ask Questions
The general perception that clients may have about law firms is that they are ‘on the clock’. Of course, offices are busy and it can be awkward when you are sitting in a waiting room watching time go by.
An indication of a good lawyer for your claim is someone who can spend the right amount of time, especially in the initial interview (which is often free) to learn more about your accident and injuries. Quite simply, if a lawyer is not willing to invest the time to answer your questions and help you understand the situation from a legal context, they may not be the best choice for you.
Feel free to ask lawyers any questions, even if you feel that it may be ‘stupid’. For example, do you know what “balance of probabilities” mean? If the accident was caused by your partner and you were a passenger in the car, should you make a claim against your partner’s insurance company? Is an employer allowed to just provide you with a helmet in a construction site even though it seems to be shoddy or well worn?
A lawyer will make sure that in your discussions, you will receive information that is to the point. But that does not mean you should refrain from asking questions. Investing the time in clarifying your situation and legal rights is something that East Coast Injury Lawyers highly encourages.
Bring Someone You Trust With You
People simply need support when they are dealing with a difficult situation. Speaking with a lawyer can often feel intimidating and it is hard to remember everything they tell you, especially after an accident when you are hurting and feeling vulnerable and frustrated. It is always recommended to bring someone along that you trust in your interview. Many law firms offer free initial consultations. Yet when choosing a lawyer, it never hurts to get the opinion of someone else before making a decision.
Bringing someone who was also a witness to your accident and injuries may also be helpful in giving the lawyer an additional perception of how the accident happened. There may be something that you may have missed that your witness picked up.
Contact East Coast Injury Lawyers
Give our firm a call if you would like to speak to a Brisbane personal injury lawyer. Simply call or fill out our case review form.