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How Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Sign-up My Case and Get Started?

Published April 27, 2018 by Ivory Roberson

As an accident victim we understand you probably have plenty of things to worry about.  Above all, you need to focus on getting the medical care needed for a quick recovery.  And, unfortunately, you probably have financial strains and concerns in addition to your physical injuries.  Medical bills combined with lost wages can make your recovery time economically challenging at a time when you are dealing with physical and emotional pain and limitations.   To make things even worse, dealing with insurance companies isn’t always the most pleasant experience either. 

Part of our job as personal injury attorneys is to alleviate some of the anxiety experienced by accident victims.  We do this by making sure that you, our clients, are fully compensated for the injuries you have suffered and are expertly guided through every step of the process.  We help you understand the objective economic value of your injury claims and we work together to develop a strategy for reaching a just resolution. 

Of course, to receive the benefits of being represented by experienced counsel, you first need to hire a lawyer.  Because we know that accident victims already have enough to worry about, we make the process as straight-forward as possible.  Even if you’re not sure whether you want or need a lawyer, you can meet with one of our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys free of charge for an initial consultation, and we’ll go over your case and help you decide if hiring us is the right choice in your situation.   

Subtitle: What is an Initial Consultation? 

An initial consultation is a step in the process to begin hiring a lawyer.  Before a lawyer formally agrees to represent a client, the lawyer and potential client will discuss the potential claim either in person (this is best) or by telephone.  The lawyer uses the initial consultation as an opportunity to become acquainted with the essential facts of your case and evaluate whether the case has merit. 

If you schedule an initial consultation, you should expect the lawyer to ask questions about how you were injured and what treatment you have received thus far.  You will also have the opportunity to ask the lawyer questions about your situation or about how the process works.  Often, a skilled lawyer will recognize details that significantly impact the case which might not seem all that important to an accident victim.  So, clear and thorough communication at an initial consultation is vital to accurately evaluating a personal injury case. 

Subtitle: How Can I Schedule an Initial Consultation? 

You can schedule an initial consultation by calling our office or contacting us via email through our website.  We prefer to conduct initial consultations in person at our office so that all of our office technology is readily available.  However, we recognize that might not be the most practical or comfortable approach for all clients, so we can also conduct initial consultations electronically through email or over the telephone.  If necessary, one of our lawyers can meet you at your home, workplace, or at the hospital, or even discuss your case over coffee at a local restaurant or café.  Ultimately, we want the consultation to be handled in the most convenient and comfortable manner for you. 

Subtitle: How Much Do You Charge? 

We do not charge potential clients for an initial consultation.  If, after going over your claim, we determine that we can help you, and you decide that you want to hire our firm, we charge what is referred to as a “contingency fee.”  This means we do not charge anything up front and we only take a fee if and when you receive a financial recovery for your injuries.  When a recovery is obtained, our fee is a percentage of the total.   

Subtitle: How Do You Decide Whether to Take My Case? 

Most often, we can accept your case at the initial consultation.  In certain circumstances, we will need to conduct further investigation or legal research to determine whether we can help you.  If so, the additional investigation or research will usually be free of charge.  In the rare event that we have to charge a fee to look into a matter further, we will let you know exactly what the charge will be and obtain your approval before doing any work.  Once we have decided whether to accept the case, we will get back with you promptly.     

Subtitle: What is a Representation or Fee Agreement? 

A representation, fee agreement or contingency fee agreement is the legal contract you enter into with our firm that sets forth the terms of our representation.  It will describe the manner in which we are representing you and state the contingency rate we will receive when the case is resolved.  During your initial consultation, the lawyer will explain the terms of representation and provide you with the written agreement to look over.  You will also have ample opportunity to ask any questions you have about the agreement before signing.  If we are unable to meet physically, you can sign the agreement electronically on your computer using a legal electronic signature, or even by regular or overnight mail.  In addition to the representation agreement, very often you will also sign releases that will allow our firm to obtain important documents and records relating to your case.

Subtitle: Do I Have to Decide Whether to Hire Your Firm Right Away? 

There is absolutely no pressure for you to decide to retain our firm at the initial consultation.  In fact, hiring an attorney is a very important decision.  We want you to carefully consider your options and make sure you are comfortable before deciding.  On occasion, a statute of limitation or another important legal deadline may require you to make a decision quickly, but in general you are free to take as long as you like, and even if there is an approaching deadline, you will never receive pressure to sign with our law firm.  In fact, we recommend avoiding any lawyer or law firm that does try to engage in high-pressure sales tactics.

Subtitle: What Types of Cases Do You Accept? 

The lawyers at The Millar Law Firm, represent Georgia plaintiffs in personal injury cases.  We help clients injured in motor vehicle accidents, DUI victims, and other personal injury claims – including dog bites, slip-and-fall cases, and construction and work-related accidents – and wrongful death claims. 

If you need, or think you may need, legal representation or are just curious as to whether you have a case or what your case may be worth, you can reach our office by selecting “Contact Us” on our website and submitting the form to request a free case evaluation.  The benefits of retaining experienced personal injury counsel are considerable.  Not only do injury victims represented by counsel usually obtain much larger financial settlements or verdicts than self-represented parties, but having a competent and experienced personal injury law firm on your side can also help take most of the aggravation out of dealing with your claim and negotiating with the insurance company so that you can focus on what’s most important – a speedy recovery. 

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