It's human nature to want to tell people who are in extremely sad, stressful situations what they want to hear -- what they need to hear to feel a little better at that moment. Lawyers have these same inclinations. Some lawyers may also be tempted to tell the accident victim what they want to hear so that they'll hire that lawyer on the spot. In my opinion, that's just wrong. That's not the lawyer's job.
Accident victims like you need and deserve four things from the lawyers you talk to about your case:
1- You deserve to be able to tell your story fully, slowly and without being constantly interrupted.
2- You deserve to be able to ask every question that's on your mind.
3- You deserve to get honest, accurate answers to your questions - not just being told what you want to hear.
4- You deserve time to think about it before signing a contract committing yourself to hiring that lawyer to handle your case.
Your decision on who you hire to represent you is one of the most important decisions you'll make. You and your lawyer will have to work as a team to get the best outcome that can be obtained under the facts of your case. In order to make the right choice you need to know the facts, good and bad. If all you're told is what you want to hear, you're being set up for bitter disappointment down the line.
An honest, frank discussion about your case -- the strengths, weaknesses and unknowns of the case -- is what you need and deserve. You then need and deserve time to think about it all and whether that lawyer is the right lawyer for you and your case. There is a lawyer out there for every case, but there is no one lawyer who is right for every case. You should not feel pressured into hiring the wrong lawyer for your case.
We never ask an accident victim to sign a contract hiring us at our first meeting. Ever. We listen. We answer your questions honestly. If we don't know the answer to any of your questions (nobody knows everything and has that knowledge at their fingertips), we say so and we get back to you promptly with the answer.
We give the best, most objective, most honest appraisal of your case that we're able to give, based on the facts supplied to us. We explain what we can and can't do for you. We try our best to provide you with enough honest information to give you some level of peace of mind so you can make a calm, intelligent decision as to whether we're the right lawyers for you. No pressure. No sales job. That's what you need and that's what you deserve.