What Should I Expect During My Personal Injury Consultation?

18556427_435655140127887_307219908854212933_n-225x300If you’ve ever been hurt in a car accident or injured in a slip and fall, you may already know the answer to this question. But if you’re fortunate enough to have never been hurt in a car crash or accident, you may wonder what happens in the aftermath. As Rhode Islanders, we see commercials and advertisements every day for personal injury law firms. But what do personal injury law firms do to help people who have been hurt in a car accident, slipped on a broken step, or whose child was bit by a neighborhood dog? As Providence personal injury lawyers, we will tell you what happens when Tapalian Law handles your case.

The Initial Personal Injury Consultation

As a Providence personal injury firm, Tapalian Law offers a free, no-obligations consultation to those who have been hurt in a Rhode Island or Massachusetts accident, whether it be an auto accident, motorcycle crash, dog bite, or slip and fall. We have also helped clients with bicycle injuries, pedestrian accidents, workers compensation as well as other practice areas. When you meet with us there is no charge. You pay no fees unless we are successful at getting you a fair and just settlement and you receive compensation. The initial consultation process begins when you contact us by phone or with the contact form on our website. You will speak directly, and confidentially, with Attorney David Tapalian who will ask you some basic questions about your accident and injuries. He will ask where and how the accident took place, the date of the accident, what type of injuries you incurred, and what medical treatment you have received thus far. You will then set-up an in-person consultation, again at no charge, with Attorney Tapalian at our Providence or Seekonk office, or at another convenient location for you. If you are too hurt to come to us, we will come to you. We will delve into further details of your claim, such as whether a police report was filed, if any driver citations were issued, where you received medical attention, and if any witnesses saw the incident. Based on this information, if Attorney Tapalian feels you have a solid personal injury claim and he feels he can help you seek compensation for your injuries, he will advise you of how to move forward. If you decide to hire Tapalian Law for your personal injury needs, you will complete some paperwork and we will begin on your injury case. However, if Attorney Tapalian believes there is not enough strong evidence with which to conduct a personal injury claim, he will give you his honest opinion.

What Happens After I Hire Tapalian Law for my Personal Injury Claim?

Once you choose to work with us on your injury case, we will begin investigating your claim right away. We will obtain copies of any police reports from the city where the accident took place and review the report as well as any witness and police officer statements. If your accident took place in a busy city like Providence, we may be able to locate surveillance cameras from area businesses or traffic cameras with footage of the incident to show as proof. In order to seek money for your damages, we must prove that another driver, or person, is at fault for your injuries and that you incurred real substantial harm that you would not have incurred if they had not caused the accident.

Seeking Medical Treatment Throughout Your Personal Injury Claim

When you are hurt in an accident, it is important to get the necessary medical attention and follow-up on any recommended care plans provided by your doctor or caregiver. This may include regular physician’s visits, chiropractic care, physical therapy, or another specialty depending on your type of injury. It is important that patients are following the recommended treatment plan as this ensures a stronger personal injury claim. Any gaps in treatment can possibly weaken your injury case with the insurance company.  Once your treatment has been completed, your personal injury attorney will tally up the damages and submit a demand letter to the insurance company requesting an amount of compensation for your damages. The insurance company may possibly agree with the attorney’s initial demand, however in the wide majority of cases negotiations will begin between the insurance company and your injury lawyer. This is where the importance of a strong attorney who won’t back down comes into play. During these negotiations you need a lawyer like David Tapalian who will fight for your rights and for what is fair and just monetary compensation on your behalf.

Getting Compensation for Your Accident Injuries

Not all accidents are the same, and not all personal injury cases follow the same path. Every client is different and each case is different. Often, after back and forth negotiations the insurance company and your lawyer will eventually agree on a fair and appropriate settlement amount. Tapalian Law will communicate with you throughout the entire process providing you status updates.  In the chance that they do not come to an agreement and the adjuster does not increase your offer, you will want an attorney like David Tapalian on your side who will go to trial if necessary. If you have been hurt in a Rhode Island or Massachusetts accident, seek out the tenacious attorneys at Tapalian Law who will fight for your rights. Call us today to discuss your case for free at


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