What exactly is a free consultation when you meet with a phoenix personal injury lawyer?
Are there any hidden fees? What does the consultation consist of? What should I bring with me to the consultation?
A free consultation with our firm means that you get to talk to one of our attorneys, either in person or over the phone. The attorney will first review the viability of your claim, while also explaining what a personal injury claim entails and how we can help.
We can help on a number of levels, including helping with one’s property damage; help get medical care (with providers that will wait for payment if necessary); help navigate health insurance (if applicable); help document out of pocket expenses such as lost income, etc. We will explain the process of negotiating a settlement upon completion of medical treatment.
Since some cases do not necessarily settle for one reason or another, we also discuss the prospects and process of litigation in the event that were necessary. This is an important consideration since some attorneys and firms do not litigate their own cases.
In fact, besides handling our own cases, we also litigate cases for a number of other firms when they cannot negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement.
There is no charge for the free consultation. We will also explain how we are paid on a contingency fee basis, and what that means. Basically, if you retain our services, you will never reach into your pocket to pay us.
We advance all costs necessary to pursue your claim and reimbursement of our costs, as well as payment of our fee, comes from the settlement or recovery. If there is no settlement or recovery, you owe us nothing.
In fact, subject to a very few situations, we will reduce our fee however much is necessary to ensure that it does not exceed your in-pocket net recovery after payment of attorney fees, costs, and medical bills.
If you do schedule a free consultation, please bring any and all injury related paperwork to the consultation. This includes any available police reports, photographs, medical records and bills, Health Plan cards, auto insurance information (for you and the adverse driver), adverse driver information, witness contact information, etc. Also, consider seeking your free consultation before you speak to any adverse insurance adjusters.