Hiring and Working with a Personal Injury Lawyer
Many NV personal injury attorneys will not charge an initial consultation fee, and many even have a no-win, no-fee arrangement (often called a “contingency fee basis”) that can benefit you in the short and long runs. If you make the decision to hire an attorney, you should do the following:
- Consult with the attorney as soon as possible after the accident, so information is still readily available.
- Begin gathering documentation for your attorney, including:
- Accident reports.
- Insurance letters and offers of settlement.
- Witness accounts.
- Medical bills.
- Personal contact information for all involved parties]
Do not give a statement to any insurance companies until you’ve consulted with your lawyer.
Even if you’re approached early on, you have the right to say you’re not prepared to give a statement, and that you will do so after consulting your lawyer.
Have a rough idea of the money you’ve spent on medical bills and recover.
This amount should include money lost from not working, damaged property, and so forth.
Assert your right to stop working with your attorney if he or she asks you to do or say something illegal, or if you feel that you aren’t being treated fairly.
Remember, there’s nothing wrong with getting a second opinion.