One of the most common questions I receive from prospective clients involves cost. They ask, “Is my case big enough to hire an attorney?” They wonder, “Will I have to withdraw from my savings to retain an attorney?”.
Often, my clients are bashful about this inquiry. But the fact is that the personal injury attorneys at Allen & Allen do not expect any form of payment as a pre-condition to representation.
Every injured person that I represent has a unique story with a very common beginning. All of my clients were injured at no fault of their own, and are seeking a consultation regarding their options and rights.
First step: Temporal consultation
My consultation starts with a temporal examination. Virginia’s statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury. Once the statute of limitations hurdle is cleared, I examine which party bears the burden of fault. In some cases, fault is as clear as a rear-end motor vehicle collision. Other cases may involve significant research, consultation of expert witnesses, or the involvement of fact-specific investigators.
Regardless of whether the case is simple or complicated, each of my clients understands that their ability to pay the upfront cost is not a consideration in our attorney-client relationship.
Second step: Documenting your recovery
Once we have ensured that a client was injured within the two-year statutory limitation and that they were injured at no fault of their own, it is our job to make sure that the entire story of a client’s recovery is conveyed. We believe that every injured person should be heard, and it is our job to make sure that all parts of the recovery are documented and detailed.
At times, clients believe that their story begins and ends with medical bills and lost wages. While medical bills and lost wages are part of the damage calculus, it is also important to address what a period of treatment does to a client’s schedule and what a traumatic event does to a client’s psyche.
The importance of consistent communication
In order to document the inconvenience and trauma experienced by our clients, we have found it imperative that consistent communication takes place between our clients and case team. We document every aspect of your recovery and every moment of pain or frustration in order to represent you to the best of our abilities. This consistent communication is based on our duty to our clients and not based on billable hours.
If you have been injured at no fault of your own, representation is important. Whether or not you are able to pay a fee to retain counsel is irrelevant. Protect your rights and do not let cost be a barrier to superior representation! Our team at Allen & Allen is prepared to discuss your case today. Call for a free consultation at 866-388-1307.