What You Can Expect When You Contact Us
As soon as you meet with our team, our personal injury lawyers are legally and ethically obligated to keep what you tell us confidential and to proceed with your best interests in mind. However, you do not owe us anything and are under no obligation to us for your initial consultation. In fact, you will not owe us any attorney fees unless and until we win money for you.
During your free initial consultation, we will review your case and discuss all the legal options we see for you.When we determine that we can help you and you agree to our representation, we will ask you to sign a retainer agreement.
The retainer contract will explain our contingent fee arrangement, which means we will accept a fixed percentage of any money we recover in your case, rather than charging you upfront to work on your case.If we win your case or reach a settlement agreement acceptable to you, our fee comes out of the money awarded to you.
As your case proceeds, we will require certain information from you.However, our aim will be to take most of the burden of dealing with the aftermath of your accident off of you. We want you to concentrate on your recovery.
For example,we will handle any questions, forms, and other requirements of insurance companies involved in your case. We will ask you to send us your medical bills and let us take care of your doctors’ needs, as well as other creditors who may have their hands out.
We will prepare a representation letter to be sent to creditors and/or others to explain that we are pursuing a legal claim for you and that we expect a settlement or judgment that will provide enough to ensure they are paid. This correspondence on Murphy Law Firm letterhead will calm just about anyone anxious about getting money from you.
We want you to feel like we have your back and that you are free to ask any question or express any concern to us, your attorneys.
As for others who have questions or concerns about your case, send them to us. Tell them, “Speak to my attorneys.”
Information We Will Need During Your Initial Consultation
First, we will come to meet with you, if you like. If you are hospitalized, in rehab, recovering at home, or just prefer meeting in familiar surroundings, that is fine by us. Let us know what you prefer, and we will accommodate you.
Second, we know this is probably all new to you. When we meet, we will walk you through everything in much more detail than what you read here. Our initial consultation will be about what happened to you and how we can help you demand justice for the wrongs done to you. It will also be a chance for you to get to know us.
When we set up our initial consultation appointment, we will ask you to bring certain information with you. Some you may not have, but we can help you get it. We will need:
- A valid driver’s license, state-issued ID, passport, or other identification with your full legal name for the record
- Accident report filed by police or any other authority, such as the facility manager or owner of where your accident occurred
- Insurance policies, cards, or “dec” sheets from car insurance, health care, or medical insurance (including Medicare or Medicaid), homeowners’ insurance, etc., as applicable to your accident
- Insurance company forms and correspondence you have received since your accident
- Receipts, discharge papers, or other documentation of medical care related to your accident
- Estimates of property damages and/or repair costs
- Any additional information you have about your accident and injuries, such as photos, video, notes, etc.
How We Will Pursue an Accident Claim for You
Every case is different, and no outcome can be guaranteed. However, our Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys will fight fiercely for maximum compensation in your claim. You can count on our team to:
- Investigate your accident and identify all potentially responsible parties
- Identify all insurance coverage applicable to your accident
- Calculate your full costs and losses from the accident
- File claims with insurance company(s) providing applicable coverage and work to negotiate settlement(s)
- File personal injury lawsuits on claims not settled
- Settle lawsuits or argue your case through to a verdict
Most personal injury claims are settled before they go to court. Either during the initial accident investigation or as a lawsuit proceeds, the facts become clear and insurance companies often decide they are better off settling.
When we receive a settlement offer, we will bring it to you and discuss whether we feel it is for the full and fair amount. You will be the one to decide whether to accept a settlement or proceed to have your day in court.
Ultimately, our success hinges on you being satisfied with the outcome of your case.