How to Prepare for a Free Injury Lawyer Consultation:
A 7-Step Guide for Injury Victims

Written by Joseph A. Nagy, Edmonton Injury Lawyer

1. Decide if you need help preparing for the free consultation because of your injury

You may want to ask a trusted friend, colleague, or close relative to help you prepare for the free consultation and even participate with you.

To prepare for an injury lawyer consultation, you may need to ask for help from a family member or trusted friend or colleague.

2. Prepare the information your injury lawyer needs

Your injury lawyer will need as much of the following information as possible:

  1. Collision Report Form if you were injured in a motor vehicle accident
  2. Letters from Insurance Companies (including your own)
  3. E-mails, correspondence between yourself and other parties (which may be insurance adjusters or witnesses)
  4. Photographs or video
  5. Witness statements.

During the interview, your injury lawyer will probably want you to describe or explain the following:

  1. How the accident occurred
  2. What medical treatment you have sought and how it has been paid for
  3. Whether you have any private insurance policies that pay for the treatment
  4. The type of medical treatment you have sought and where
  5. Your pain and injuries, physical or psychological
  6. Any out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred for medical treatment or other treatment
  7. Any out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred for things relating to the accident but that are not medical treatment
  8. Employment information
  9. How your injuries affect your day-to-day living activities
  10. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, whether the party at fault was charged with a traffic offence.

Try to be specific and provide dates, times, contact information, and so on.

Figuring out everything you will need isn’t easy.
Information WordCloud for a Free Injury Lawyer Consultation
Use this free consultation guide to get organized.

3. Research the lawyer ahead of time

Don’t use up your free consultation time with questions you can answer yourself. (The personal injury lawyer’s website is probably the best place to find your answers.) To find out what you can learn from an injury lawyer’s website, use my How to Find an Injury Lawyer: A Guide for Injury Victims.

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4. Ask specific questions about your type of injury and accident

  • I have a__________ injury. Have you dealt with the type of injury I suffered or similar injuries? (Be as specific as possible. For instance, if you have a spinal cord injury, ask specifically about the injury lawyer’s experience with spinal cord injuries, not just back injuries.)
  • I was injured in a__________ accident. Have you dealt with cases involving this type of accident or similar types of accidents? (Be as specific as possible. For instance, if you were injured in a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian accident, ask specifically about the injury lawyer’s experience with motor vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents, not just car accidents.)
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5. Be sure you understand how the lawyer charges for your fees


  • If you are my lawyer, will you incur any costs to professionally handle my claim?
  • When are your fees payable?

6. Ask specific questions about your claim.

  • Do you think my claim is valid?
  • Do you have enough information to provide an opinion on my chances of a successful conclusion to my case? If not, what other information do you need?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of my case?
  • Do you think my case will go to trial or be settled out of court?
  • What do you think is my best strategy for success?
  • Can you give me an estimate or range regarding the possible settlement I can expect? If yes, how much? If not, when will you be able to?
  • In your experience, how much time does a case like mine take to resolve?
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7. Make sure the injury lawyer is capable of handling your claim

You want to hire an injury lawyer that believes you have a legitimate claim that will win you fair compensation. Ask:

  • Will you be the only lawyer working on my case?
  • What is your case load? Can you give my case the time my case deserves?
  • If you are my lawyer, will we sign a contract? Will the contract specify your fee and payment requirements?
  • If I hire you, who do I contact if I have questions?
  • When are you available to answer my questions?
  • What is the best way to contact you?
  • When decisions need to be made, will you provide me with options and advice on the best course of action?
  • Will you contact me when there are updates regarding my case or will we meet on a regular schedule?
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About the Author

Joseph A. Nagy, Edmonton injury lawyer, provides a free guide to help injury victims prepare for a free consultation meeting with an injury lawyer - (780) 760-4878 (HURT)
I am Joseph A. Nagy, and I am an experienced Edmonton injury lawyer serving central and northern Alberta. As a “car accident lawyer”, my specialty is dealing with all types of motor vehicle accidents.

Based on my years of experience, this guide is intended to help injury victims prepare for a free consultation meeting with an injury lawyer.

You are under no obligation to me, but of course I hope you will call (780) 760-4878 (HURT) or contact me, Joseph A. Nagy, to discuss the steps I can recommend to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injury.

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Sara Skoric
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18:50 20 May 20
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09:56 01 May 20
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02:16 24 Apr 20
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Y. G.
Y. G.
00:23 23 Apr 20
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Jeanne Nitanga
Jeanne Nitanga
23:59 30 Mar 20
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navtej Sabhi
navtej Sabhi
02:59 24 Mar 20
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Travis Orich
Travis Orich
17:00 25 Feb 20
I hired Joseph A. Nagy, Injury Lawyer to follow up on a car accident in 2016. It was a no fault accident on my part. My car was totalled plus I received a very severe whip lash plus major chronic migraine headaches for years related to this whip lash. Once I met with Mr Nagy and we reviewed this accident he accepted my case and I signed the necessary papers. I found him to be very well informed and able to share all the requirements and made it very clear and easy to understand what was expected of me and how his firm would meet my needs. I found his assistant Nicole Adams very competent, knowlegeable and easy to work with. She was always available which was important to me. Mr. Nagy was extremely efficient in following up with any concerns I had. I experienced very accurate and timely answers from him. Communication was excellent. I also worked with Mr. Nagy's new lawyer Preet Saroya during the Examination for Discovery. I found her easy to work with and very supportive in coaching me on what the expectations were during the Discovery. I was extremely pleased with the final result and would highly recommend Joseph A. Nagy, Injury Law Firm to everyone. It was a very positive experience under very painful circumstances. I always felt very confident to know they were representing me. Joseph A. Nagy Injury Law Firm was excellentread more
Diana Templeton
Diana Templeton
04:00 08 Jan 20
I was involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, I was left in bad shape. During my recovery, the insurance company tried to communicate with me consistently. I was not sure where to start it was at that time I contacted Joe. We had our first meeting, he explained the process in detail, I was compensated for wage loss, Physio etc. He made sure I was taken care of during the process and at the end of the claim made sure I was properly compensated for all damages. Shortly after I went through some heath concerns and of would of not been for the settlement, my family and I would of been in trouble. Joe is passionate about his work and he will be 100% on your side. Nothing but a positive experience working with Mr. Nagy.
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andres celis
21:57 20 Dec 19
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01:40 29 Nov 19
Joe was very professions in settling my car accident claim. Walking me through all the steps and informing me of the risks and process involved. A favourable outcome was achieved. Nicole (Joes Assistant) was very kind and made the process very easy.
16:17 08 Nov 19
Words can’t explain my gratitude for the time, effort and results Joseph and his staff have provided to me. I met Joseph as a result of one of his clients mentioning my accident to him and with his caring nature and wanting to protect me he arrange for us to meet. He spent a great deal of time to learn about me and my needs, and really took the time to explain the legal process and what this meant for me. I felt well taken care of right from the start all the way through to settlement. Every step of the way Joseph and his assistant Cynthia kept me informed of every update to the case as them came in. Joseph followed through with everything he told me during our first meeting and even went above and beyond in many ways. Truly the team I recommend for your injury claim. Mark Walker Oct, 2019
Tetzool .
Tetzool .
20:02 24 Oct 19
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tom boyer
tom boyer
01:13 02 Oct 19
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Kayla Balaban
Kayla Balaban
16:09 27 Aug 19
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04:24 27 Aug 19