Initial Interview – Tips and Best Practices
After you contact us for a Free Case Evaluation, if your case has potential, the next step is an initial interview with our intake staff.
This intake interview is important so that our staff can gather the details that are relevant and important for the attorneys to consider in deciding whether to offer representation. We do not take every case that we review, so it is critical that you make the most of this interview when you have the opportunity.
Case Evaluation: During the Initial Interview
Be Honest and Open
During the intake interview, be honest and provide all the relevant details of your situation. For Medical Malpractice, Dental Malpractice, Personal Injury, disclose any pre-existing medical conditions, previous medical treatments, or any other factors that may impact your case, and also aspects of your life that are important even if you think they would not affect your case. Honesty and transparency are crucial for our team to fully evaluate your claim and provide appropriate guidance.
Use the intake interview as an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification on any concerns you have. Inquire about our team’s experience with your type of case, the timeline of the process, and the estimated costs that may be involved. There is not always a definitive answer, but we will be happy to address your queries and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.
Discuss Fee Arrangements
There are two major expenses to pursuing a legal claim: professional legal fees and case expenses. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid a legal fee if there is a money settlement or we win a jury award in your case. There are also case expenses that must be incurred when filing a suit. These include things like charges to obtain necessary records, court filing fees, and fees paid to experts. Feel free to ask questions so that you understand the financial commitment you would be making if you decide to pursue litigation. If your case is accepted, a representation agreement and terms will outline these details specifically for your case.
During the intake interview, take notes on important points discussed. This will help you remember the details and refer back to them later. Additionally, it demonstrates your commitment and seriousness about your case, which is an important factor in your success.
Case Evaluation: After the Initial Interview
If we have asked you to provide additional details, collect additional records, or take other actions, please follow through with those requests and respond to any communications from us in order to move your case evaluation forward as quickly as possible.
In conclusion, making the most of your intake interview is essential when hiring representation for a medical malpractice claim. By following the tips above, you can ensure a productive intake interview that helps both you and our firm assess the viability and merits of your case. Remember, the intake interview and our free case evaluation serve as the initial step towards making the serious recovery that you are seeking.
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