Hi there, my name is Krystle Gill, and I’m a lawyer with Hart Legal. Today I’m going to talk to you about what you can expect during your first appointment with a lawyer, after you’ve been in a car accident. So, the first step is for us to determine who you are. The easiest way is for us to check your ID, to make sure you are who you say you are. The second step is for us to determine what happened, thats your opportunity to tell us what happened, who was involved, whose fault the accident was, if there are any witnesses, describe any injuries, if the police were at the scene, those kinds of things give us a timeline of the event. During that time, we’ll likely be able to determine any applicable limitation periods that might affect your claim. The third step is to determine what to do from there, where do we go? So during that step, we’ll discuss if you actually have a claim, we’ll make that initial determination. We’ll also discuss potential retainer fee agreements.
So the most common form of retainer fee agreement with a personal injury claim is whats called a contingency fee agreement. This is an agreement where we don’t collect unless you do. We take a portion of the settlement or judgement that is in your favour. The typical range is from 25% to 33.3% of the judgement or settlement in your favour, plus disbursements and taxes.
Thats it for now, thanks for listening. My name is Krystle Gill from Hart Legal.