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Some may have just endured a painful car accident, and have filed the required police reports.  Others may have been surgically damaged, resulting in irreparable nerve damage.  Both situations have one common thread keeping them woven together: the fact that personal injury litigation will be necessary is imminent.  What may cause unnecessary holdups, however, is being amply prepared to meet your lawyer after the phone consultation results in an appointment.  For the injured, confused and unprepared, we prepared this piece to help gather yourself.

Have you done due diligence?

Because Canadians must protect their interests as much as their bodies, it’s always an excellent idea to perform at least some due diligence. Potential clientele seeking a credible personal injury lawyer in  Toronto will read through various Canadian online resources and similar online lists which, basically, act as the ‘Consumer Reports’ recognized in the world of law. Since people want to know and reaffirm they’re getting the best attorneys for their injuries, verifying your lawyer isn’t duplicitous goes without saying.

Discuss any concerns with your friends, family and those who’ve written online reviews about the specific attorney you intend on seeing.  In doing this, you’ll have valuable arsenal going into your meeting.  Contrary to popular belief, you must have law school education to become a lawyer in Canada.

Is your paperwork in order?

Lawyers cannot fight for compensation if there’s little to no documented evidence of wrongdoing.  For example, when you were charged for surgery that went awry, bring those bills with you.  Get names, addresses and telephone numbers of everyone; document any interaction you had that cameras inside hospitals or doctors’ offices can corroborate.

Where car accidents are concerned, make sure any police reports, phone calls to insurance companies and interaction with ambulatory care is documented.  Any bills you’ve received, voicemails, emails and anything which can help expedite the process of getting recompense should be presented at the time of your meeting.  In other words, don’t expect miraculous results from your lawyer, regardless of their high repute, if you fail to provide anything plausible in terms of evidence.

Nova Scotia’s government recently posted their medical mistakes database online, which may assist your attorney in getting facts about similar mistakes to help mitigate your malpractice suit in court.

What do you expect?

Although it’s not wrong to be clueless when asked what amount of money would suffice, you should know ahead of time that contingency cases (those which are taken for free until a case is won) will slash at least 30% of your compensation for attorney’s fees.  That amount may be slightly less if your attorney sues the company in question for his or her fees along with mitigating for your settlement, but don’t head into your attorney meeting expecting them to work for nothing.

Consider asking your attorney to fight for medical bill payment, pain and suffering and lost wages; this would alleviate having massive mounds of cash without proper direction.  If victorious, the company would pay the bills for you and then any remaining funds for your suffering and missed work would be escrowed into your attorney’s business account for disbursement.

The bigger the paper trail provided to your attorney, the better armed they’ll be for your elusive court date.  Always shower and dress normally, have all paperwork organized and be prepared to thoroughly discuss your situation in its entirety with your personal injury lawyer.