Personal injury lawyers typically offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation to help you better understand your legal rights. After the meeting, you should expect to obtain a sense of confidence in the lawyer you are meeting with. They should be able to tell you if you have a case with merit and you should be able to decide if you wish to proceed with your personal injury claim.
Signing a Contract
If your case is one the law firm is willing to accept, you will likely be provided with a written contract. All aspects of the agreement should be explained to you. A lawyer cannot represent you without a written agreement and you should not be pressured into signing anything you don't fully understand.
Gathering Evidence and Determining the Worth of Your Case
Once that agreement is in effect, your counsel should start gathering the documents and information they will need to try your case. No competent lawyer would tell you exactly what your case is worth at the first visit.
In order to arrive at a figure for damages, your lawyer will need to determine the extent of your injuries, including pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, the cost of medical treatment, and lost wages. Many times, these elements of damage cannot be determined without extensive research and consultation with expert witnesses.
Creating a Timeline
Your lawyer, once retained, should be able to provide you with a proposed rough timeline for the various phases of your particular case. However, keep in mind that it's not uncommon for a case to take several months to reach a settlement.
Scheduling an Appointment with Steffens Law Office
The experienced legal team at Steffens Law Office helps injured Nebraska residents obtain the compensation they need to move forward with their lives. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your case review.