The Personal Injury Process in Tulsa: The Initial Consultation
What happens during the initial discussion of my personal injury claim?
Anyone who is injured in an accident should speak with an experienced Tulsa personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. It’s critical that your lawyer investigate the accident site before any major changes are made and speak to any eyewitnesses while their memories are fresh. We also need to ensure you’re seeing the doctors you need to see.
At Biby Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers have helped numerous clients obtain strong settlements and high jury verdicts. At the initial conference, we’ll answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We’ll also ask you questions to fully understand each aspect of your case, including who the defendants are, how the events unfolded and the full scope of your injuries and economic damages.
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What is the purpose of the initial consultation of an accident case in Tulsa?
The initial conference is your chance to decide if we are the right firm to represent you in your personal injury case. We handle many different types of personal injury claims including vehicle accidents (cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycle riders, pedestrians, public transportation, Uber and Lyft, air travel crashes, and boat accidents). We also handle oilfield accident claims, premises liability cases, construction accidents, nursing home abuse, and many other types of accidents.
Using the knowledge we’ve compiled over years and years of handling hundreds of claims, we will lay out how the claims process works. We’ll explain that we are your advocate with the insurance companies, with defense lawyers, and in court. We’ll discuss how we speak to all the key witnesses including the police, eyewitnesses, your doctors, product safety experts, and anyone else who can help prove the defendants caused your injuries or the death of a loved one. We’ll discuss your medical treatment and the prospect of needing to consult with specialty providers or establish future and/or long-term care needs as a result of your injuries.
Our lawyers like to get to know our clients. So, to the extent that you’re comfortable, we’ll discuss your family status, the type of work you do, and how your injuries are affecting each aspect of your life. We’ll also explain many other issues such as how much your case is worth, how your medical bills are paid while the case is pending, and many other matters.
What documents do I need to bring to the initial consultation?
You don’t necessarily need to bring any documents to the initial conference, but it helps our office get an early start on your claim if you do. Some foundational items such as your vehicle insurance policy (if you were involved in a vehicle accident), a copy of the accident report (if you have one), and a list of the healthcare providers you’ve seen, are always a good place. If you have copies of your medical records (including lists of medications), bring those too. Communications with any insurance companies to date will also have important information like claim numbers, policy numbers and means to contact the insurance adjusters. Finally, if you have any photos or videos of what happened, bring them along.
If you don’t have ANY of this information available right now, that’s okay. We can help you get what you need once you’ve signed the agreement to have us represent you.
What questions will the lawyer ask me?
We’re going to need to know some basics about what happened. You should be prepared, as much as you can, to identify:
- Where and when the accident happened.
- The names of anyone involved such as other drivers, eyewitnesses, property owners, and others.
- The names of the health providers you are seeing or saw.
- Any insurers involved, including but not limited to auto and health insurers.
If you forget something, or don’t know something, don’t panic. You can always contact us later to let us know the answers.
What questions should I ask during an initial consultation with a lawyer?
Ask anything that is on your mind. Some common questions we are asked are listed below:
- What are your qualifications to represent me? We’re happy to discuss our education and experience, including how many cases we’ve taken to trial and our success rate for litigation.
- Will I work with the lawyer or with other team members? You will always have the ability to speak with the lawyer who is handling your case. Our staff normally helps with communication issues and some requests for information, but you’ll work one-on-one with a lawyer.
- Do I need to discuss the case with anyone? Generally, the answer is no. You should not speak with the insurance companies – we’ll do that for you. You should not discuss what happened with anyone unless we direct you otherwise. You will need to explain to your doctors what happened so they can treat you.
- How involved do I need to be with my case? The answer will vary depending on the circumstances of your situation, but you will need to be involved. There are documents and information we will need from you, so we do need you to be responsive to our requests. There may be times when we need to meet, too, so we expect you to keep those appointments. (If you can’t physically make it to the office, we can find alternative methods.)
- How will I get updates about my case? We keep you updated about how your case is progressing. We’ll advise you during each phase of your claim and answer any questions you have whenever you have them. There may be times when a team member reaches out to you or answers questions you may have. We may call you, text you, email you, or send you documents through the mail, depending on what is needed.
- How does the injury process work? We are always available to explain the overall process including, discovery, depositions, settlement negotiations, litigation, mediation, and/or trial, as those events arise.
- Can you give me references? Yes, we can. We have former clients who have agreed to speak to potential clients about our work, and we’d be happy to put you in touch.
- How much is my case worth? We’ll explain what damages you may claim. When your medical condition is clear, and the liability issues are reviewed, we’ll give you a better idea of what compensation you may be entitled to receive considering the numerous variables in play with every personal injury case.
Do you have a personal injury lawyer near me?
Biby Law Firm has two offices in Tulsa: one at 1646 S Denver Ave. and another at 6305 E 120th Ct. Suite K9. We do meet clients at their homes or a healthcare facility if they are unable to meet with us in person. Our Tulsa personal injury lawyers also conduct video conferences by appointment.
Our seasoned personal injury lawyers will calmly and clearly guide you through the entire process from the initial conference and investigation through discovery, a review of your medical issues, settlement negotiation, and jury trial if your case can’t be settled.
Speak with a respected Tulsa personal injury lawyer today
Deciding what lawyer to represent you in your personal injury case is a very important decision. You have the right to select a lawyer that you think will be a strong advocate for you, and who has a strong record of success. You have the right to choose a lawyer that will answer your questions, explain your rights, and aggressively fight any efforts by the insurance companies to deny your claim. You want a lawyer who can anticipate the arguments of defense lawyers. You deserve a lawyer who is skilled at handling the types of claims involving the types of injuries you have.
We believe our personal injury lawyers at Biby Law Firm meet those criteria and then some. We’ll calmly and clearly guide you through each phase of the litigation while asserting your rights at every level. For help with any personal injury claim in or near Tulsa, call our seasoned trial lawyers or use our contact form to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve all of Oklahoma including the communities of Broken Arrow, Bixby, Claremore, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Owasso, Wagoner, Muskogee, and the surrounding areas.