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Does meeting with an attorney mean you automatically have a case?

If you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident, you may understandably worry that your life will never be the same. Depending on the exact injuries you suffered, you could face physical hardships, financial struggles and emotional turmoil. As you work to recover, you may be exploring your options for handling all of these repercussions.

Of course, as you recover, you may come to realize that, as your physical and emotional states improve, your financial hardships are only becoming more overwhelming. As a result, you could find yourself looking into filing a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault for the accident that led to your injuries.

How can you start?

It is important to remember that it is often better to address any legal matter with the help of an attorney. As you think about moving forward with a civil claim, you may wonder what meeting with an attorney will be like.

Typically, the first meeting with an attorney will act as a consultation. You can go over your concerns, the event that led to your injuries and the negative repercussions, and in the end, you and the attorney can determine whether working together may suit the situation.

What kind of information is necessary?

In order to determine whether you have reason to file a legal claim, your attorney candidate may ask you questions to gather critical information. If you want this part of the consultation to go as smoothly as possible, it may prove useful for you to bring certain documentation with you to this first meeting. Police reports, medical records, medical bills, photographs from the scene and of your damaged vehicle, information for witnesses and the other driver involved, and similar information could all be useful.

Will the case start right away?

Just because you meet with an attorney, it does not mean that you have a personal injury case underway. You may find that the meeting with your first candidate did not go as well as you had hoped, so you may want to speak with another prospect for legal support. The attorney could also indicate that he or she is unable to take your case at the time. You may need to provide additional information before a sound decision regarding whether to move forward with the case is made.

Though you undoubtedly want to receive the much-needed compensation you feel you deserve after a serious accident, you may want to keep in mind that personal injury cases can take time. Having patience may allow you to have more trust in the legal system and in your chosen Alabama attorney.

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