If you plan to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against someone, it is important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. A lawyer knows how much your case is truly worth and will fight for fair compensation. However, in order for your lawyer to help you to the fullest, you must be able to communicate with him or her.
Here are some tips for communicating effectively with your personal injury lawyer from our friends at Brown Kiely, LLP.
Be Completely Truthful
Some personal injury clients don’t tell their lawyer the entire truth because they are embarrassed or believe their lawyer will pass the information onto others. However, you must remember that everything you say to your lawyer is confidential. He or she has also most likely heard it all before and won’t pass judgment. If you aren’t completely honest with your lawyer or omit important details, your lawyer won’t be able to help you to the best of his or her ability.
Your personal injury lawyer will throw a lot of information your way, which can be overwhelming at first. That is why it is important to listen attentively during your meetings. After your lawyer stops speaking, you should be able to repeat back what he or she said. If you missed something, don’t hesitate to ask your lawyer for clarification.
Your personal injury lawyer isn’t the only one who should be asking questions. You should also ask plenty of questions at meetings. For example, you may want to ask your lawyer how many similar cases he or she handles each year and who will all be working on your case. You may also want to find out what the strengths and weaknesses in your case are. The more informed you are, the better.
Return Your Lawyer’s Messages Promptly
It is understandable to get busy from time to time and forget to call someone back. However, it is important to return your lawyer’s messages as soon as you can. He or she may need to obtain critical information from you. If you take too long to respond, it could delay your case. To help push your case along, try to return your lawyer’s messages within 24 hours.