Today’s topic written by Aaron Crane, an experienced injury lawyer in Phoenix at Cantor Crane, is what to expect at a free initial consultation. Following any type of accident or any other incident that results in a personal injury, it is in your best interests to speak with a competent attorney and discuss your case and legal options. A free initial consultation with an attorney does not mean that you will necessarily enter into a legal agreement for representation by the attorney to take your case to trial.
The purpose of this initial consultation is a preliminary step taken on your part to make critical decisions about the appropriateness of the various legal strategies available to you. It is not uncommon for personal injury lawyers to offer a free legal consultation for this purpose.
How to Prepare for Your Scheduled Consultation
In order to ensure that you maximize the time spent with the consultation attorney, it is necessary to bring all the documents, photos, medical reports, police reports, receipts for payments you made for services following your injury as well as pay stubs, witness statements, notes and any communications you have had with the other parties, including any insurance information.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Plan to spend up to an hour for your consultation. The time can be as short as 1/2 hour and potentially a little longer than an hour, depending on the complexity of your case. Arrive prepared with the facts and details of your case, as the attorney will ask questions to evaluate the various legal options that are available to you. When it comes to details, more is definitely better.
Never be untruthful with your personal injury attorney about the facts of the case.
Immediately following the attorney’s questions and your responses is a good time for you to raise the issue of legal fees.
The final phase of the free accident lawyer consultation will likely involve the attorney’s giving you a recommended course of action. Again, the decision as to whether you want to follow the recommendation is wholly your individual decision.
The free nature of the consultation reinforces that you are not under any obligation to follow the attorney’s advice.
How Will a Consultation with a Cantor Crane Accident Attorney be Different from other Injury Law Firms?
The free consultation you are given at Cantor Crane will always be provided by an actual licensed attorney. We do not give consultations with paralegals or other office staff.
Your consultation will be provided by a knowledgeable practicing attorney, who will place his experience and expertise at your disposal during the consultation.
Our goal during the free consultation is to assist you with making informed decisions while at the same time protecting your legal rights as a personal injury victim.
Other Factors to be Considered When Selecting Your Personal Injury Attorney
Your case deserves an experienced and professional attorney with a track record of demonstrable successes.
Any attorney can file a personal injury lawsuit. However, not every attorney will produce the same results. Our attorneys possess expertise in areas related to every aspect of personal injury compensation.
An insurance adjuster is not your attorney and it’s important to understand that they will be looking out for their client’s best interest, not yours. The settlements that insurance adjusters typically offer can be very tempting. However, it’s critical to realize that amounts offered by them will likely not cover the full costs associated with your recovery, rehabilitation and retraining.
Cantor Crane Law Firm attorneys are experts on ensuring that the clients we represent get all of the settlement that they are entitled. When you are contacted by an adjuster, it is imperative that you speak with your attorney. The outcome of your case hinges on your getting what you are entitled to.
In today’s legal environment, you need to be represented by the best legal counsel you can afford. Cantor Crane is:
- AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
- Our law firm’s named partner is listed in the Southwest Super Lawyers Publication
- We are also listed in the Top Trial Lawyers in Arizona by the American Association of Trial Lawyers
We aggressively represent our clients and their families in personal injury cases.
Contact Cantor Crane today at (602) 254-2701 24/7 and schedule a free consultation to discuss your personal injury case and legal options.