What Should I Expect In My First (1st) Meeting With My Personal Injury And Accident Lawyer?

by Aaron Gartlan

June 13, 2016 | Frequently Asked Questions

In this edition of the Gartlan Injury Law Personal Injury Blog, we discuss your expectations in your first (1st) meeting with your lawyer. This is a summary which provides an overview that addresses some issues involved.

In your first (1st) meeting with your personal injury and accident lawyer and law firm, you should expect to walk away knowing that there is a plan in place to prove and demonstrate the liability, injuries and damages, and overcome defenses and facilitate healing, all in an effort to add value to your case and maximize your recovery. Also, in that meeting you should expect to have your questions answered with regard to liability, injuries, damages and healing and whether or not you have a case in which your lawyer and law firm feel they can add value and produce results on your behalf in an effort to maximize your recovery. In that first (1st) meeting, you should bring any documents and information that you have relating to the accident, injury and damages, as well as the names and contact information for any witnesses you know of. Each case is different, so you may not always walk away from that first meeting with your lawyer with all of your questions answered completely, but there should at least be a plan in place to begin to investigate and build your claim.

Often, your personal injury and accident lawyer and law firm will need more time beyond this first (1st) meeting to investigate, obtain records, locate and interview witnesses and begin the process of trial preparation to completely answer the unanswered questions and preserve the necessary evidence on your behalf. If this raises questions for you about your case, feel free to contact us.


Aaron Gartlan is a graduate of Troy University and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law who focuses his practice exclusively on representing those injured by the wrongdoing of others. He is member of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition to his legal practice, Aaron teaches Business Law as an adjunct instructor at Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business and serves as a field artillery sergeant in the Alabama National Guard.

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