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Preparing for a free personal injury consultation

Have you ever heard attorneys advertise for their services on the television or radio? Advertisements by a host of personal injury attorneys tend to include the phrase, "Contact us for a free personal injury consultation." These advertisements may have inspired you to wonder what a free personal injury consultation is and how it works. Understanding this process is key when you find yourself in need of an attorney.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by the negligence of another person or entity, you may be able to hold the responsible party or parties accountable for that harm in court. Whether you have slipped and fallen in a large retail store, been injured by a drunk driver or experienced complications due to a medical error, you may be able to seek justice within the civil system.

Finding an attorney to represent you through the process of filing a personal injury claim and seeing it through can be draining. So many attorneys practice personal injury law and it can be difficult to know which one should represent you and your case. While you are researching firms online, you may stumble across several attorneys in your area who may be a good fit for you. You can call them up and ask if they are accepting new clients and if they offer free consultations.

Once you set up free consultations with several attorney candidates, gather any information about your case that you care to share with them. Then, at your consultation, you can discuss your case and ask any questions you may have. Once you have had several consultations and have selected an attorney whose approach and style suit you, you can proceed with your case.

Source: Findlaw Injured, "How Do Free Consultations Work in Personal Injury Cases?" Daniel Taylor, Jan. 28, 2015

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