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What Happens at My Free Consultation?

During the initial consultation, that typically happens over the phone. People will call into our office and want to inquire into ways in which we might be able to help them following a serious injury incident.

The first consultation over the phone usually lasts for anywhere from 5, to 15, to maybe even 30 minutes. In that consultation, we’ll want to know: were you injured? Where were you injured? How were you injured? Who was with you at the time you were injured, and who may have witnessed these injuries? If you sought medical attention, where did you go? If you haven’t sought medical attention, why not? A lot of people have reasons for which they can’t seek medical attention and that’s understandable, but we’ll need to know that.

When you come into the office for the first initial consultation, we’ll go over that same information at a greater depth and we’ll take a lot more time. In that initial consultation we’ll also explain to you the anatomy of a lawsuit, what you can expect, reasons to get involved in a lawsuit, and perhaps even reasons not to get involved in a lawsuit.

What Should I Bring To My Free Consultation?

A lot of people ask what happens when they come in for a consultation and what they should bring with them when they meet with the attorney.

In our office we like to sit down with a client for an initial interview, and prior to coming in we will ask the client to bring in such things as the police report if they’ve had a chance to receive it.

If there is no police report, then if they just bring in the information they were provided by the police office at the scene of the crash. If no police officers responded to the crash but they have witness information, photographs, anything that will tell us something about the facts of the case. If there is nothing other than the client’s own rememberings, that is fine as well.

Consultation Checklist

Remember, bring what you can, the more information the better.

  • Any information about the crash
  • Police report, if available
  • Medical records
  • Vehicle information
  • Bicycle/motorcycle components, if applicable
  • Information about pre-existing injuries
  • Any witness information

Shefman Law is here for you, schedule your consultation by calling us at (512) 386-8117.

Attorney Shefman Featured in Austin Post August 1, 2014

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Speaking out about the way Austin police officers approach bicycle crashes and injuries, Attorney Lenore Shefman has been featured in Austin Post’s article APD Tries to Ditch Its Anti-Bike Rep.  What do you think? Have you had positive or negative interactions with the Austin Police Department as a cyclist? Let us know in the comments below.

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