If you or a loved one are the victim of someone else’s negligence, you may find yourself looking for a Wilkes-Barre personal injury lawyer. This is likely a confusing and painful time, and we want you to know that it is normal to be overwhelmed. We know this is new territory, and you never imagined any of this would happen. With so many questions and unknowns, we want to help break down some commonly-asked questions about personal injury lawyers and cases. Today, we discuss case timelines and client expectations.

“I had my initial consultation with the attorney, when will I know if they will be taking the case?”

After you call a law firm and give a preliminary account of what happened, you may be asked to come into the office for a meeting. There is no guarantee that the attorney will agree to take the case, and typically there will be a period of time after this meeting where the law firm investigates the case. This process has no set time frame, so it’s important to be patient and assist the office with obtaining whatever case information they request.

“What am I supposed to do during the investigation?”

During the initial meeting, if the attorney agrees to investigate the case, he or she will explain how to request your medical records if needed. Once the medical records are received, the process begins by having the records reviewed internally and possibly by experts. This process may take a while, but the law firm will keep you updated as the evaluation develops. Be sure to let them know how your treatment is going. In short, try to be available for meetings/phone calls, and be patient during this process.

“I haven’t called an attorney yet, should I wait until I’ve fully recovered?”

If you suspect that you are a victim of negligence, it is important to begin contacting lawyers as soon as you can. As we previously discussed, case investigations and procedures take time, and there is a deadline (called a Statute of Limitations) for filing your claim. It’s good that you are researching attorneys and are trying to understand the process. If you wish to discuss your case with an experienced Wilkes-Barre personal injury lawyer, call our team at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. at 570-346-2600 or 570-822-1400.