What Are My Next Steps After Contacting A Car Accident Lawyer

The Process of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney in DC

So, you've called a D.C. lawyers office and hopefully you have spoken to a warm, inquisitive person who wants to hear your story (that's what we do at Donahoe Kearney -- you'll never hear us pick up the phone and say "law office"). That person takes you through a series of questions, which you may or may not feel like answering, considering all you wanted to do was find out how much an attorney costs, and whether or not you have a case.

It may be frustrating to know that even at the outset with all of the questions, we may not know whether or not you have a case until we've reviewed other things like medical records, insurance correspondence, pay stubs, police report, photos, etc.

We know that the process can be frustrating but here's the thing; we are not a "the mill" type of law firm. We promise to never take your case just so we can run it through the mill and collect a check after settling quickly (like some of those firms you see on TV).  All of our cases we have taken because we have reviewed all of the materials, thoughtfully analyzed the case, and decided that your case is a case we think we can win and get something for you that makes your life better.

That's just the kind of firm we are.

We May Ask You For Additional Information In Order To Proceed With Reviewing Your Case In DC

Now, back to the process. We may ask you for additional information, like medical records or a copy of your insurance policy (depending on the type of case it is) and we always keep these records completely confidential and don't share them with anyone unless you've given us express permission. 

Even if it turns out in the end that we are not the best fit for your case (sometimes the geographic location makes a difference, or the merits of the case lie outside of our practice area) we will do our best to either A) refer your case out to a trusted associate we know will do a good job or B) put enough information in your hands that you can handle the matter on your end.

So, do you need to share your medical records with a prospective attorney? The answer is, maybe. But don't forget to ask the good questions. And be very careful about sharing those same records with an insurance adjuster. We recommend that you don't.

Will My Records Be Treated Confidentially? What Will Happen To My Records Once You Are Reviewing Them? 

You Can be certain that anything you share with us is going to be absolutely confidential, whether we end up representing you or not. So anything you send to us we will review and give back to you, if you want. And no obligation is created by sending us your records; we just want to do the best job possible in evaluating your case so we can give you some concrete next steps.

If You've Been In A Serious Car Accident, Call Us. We Will Help You Get Started.

If you have questions about what it takes to hire an attorney in DC, Maryland or Virginia contact us at 202-393-3320 and we would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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