Personal injury lawyers provide any potential client with the chance to have a free consultation. Following such a meeting, the potential client might decide against hiring the consulted lawyer. By the same token, a consulted Personal Injury Lawyer in Hamilton might refuse to represent someone that has sustained a personal injury, if the case does not hold merit.
How injured clients can make it easier for lawyers to represent them
• Provide that member of the legal profession with a more complete picture of the accident-caused injury.
• Obtain and share a copy of the police report or the accident report.
• Organize the relevant documents, such as the doctors’ bills, and collect information on witnesses.
These are the actions that potential clients should avoid taking, when consulting with a lawyer that is familiar with personal injury laws.
Each of them should avoid waiting until the last minute to contact a personal injury lawyer. That means making contact with such a professional well before the deadline, as stated in the statute of limitations.
None of them should invite a lawyer’s uncertainty, with respect to the potential client’s readiness to allow any retained attorney to handle his or her case. That requires recognition of the tasks that a typical personal injury attorney must handle.
• The task of deciding what documents are needed: Lawyers should not be forced to use every document that a given client has collected and placed in some type of file.
• The task of determining what evidence to collect: That would include the job of determining which witnesses to interview.
• The task of learning as much as possible about the client’s injury, or locating an expert that can offer useful information on the same injury.
That last task could prove especially important, if the injured client also had a chronic medical condition. If the defendant’s legal team were to become aware of the existence of that condition, then the same team might try to invent ways by which the client/plaintiff could have utilized some form of added protection.
The law does require the wearing of helmets by motorcycle riders. However, it does not lay down details, regarding other possible devices for drivers. Still, a lawyer for the other side might suggest that the client/victim should have used some sort of imagined device.
Both lawyers and clients have a job to do.
Injured clients should keep a journal or diary. One of the personal attorney’s jobs concerns checking into the veracity of claims made by the other side, including a claim that the plaintiff/client should have been wearing some type of imagined, and possibly non-existent device. When both members of a legal team (client and lawyer) perform their job, the evidence becomes powerful.