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If you have been injured because of someone else's negligence and you believe you may have a claim, first and foremost, get necessary medical care. See the appropriate healthcare provider and follow their advice. Do not delay getting medical care in order to talk to a lawyer. If you have health insurance, make sure all your healthcare providers are presenting their bills to your health insurance. Even if someone else is responsible for your injuries, use your health insurance to pay your bills to the maximum extent possible.

When your medical care is underway, please give my office a call. You will speak to a member of my staff who will ask you a number of questions about your case. The purpose of these questions is to make sure you have the kind of case I can help you with. We also need to find out if I have a conflict of interest — this is a rare occurrence but something I must make sure of at the beginning. If I do have a conflict of interest, I will refer you to a different lawyer.

I will review your information and determine what the next appropriate step is. I may ask you to come into my office for an appointment, in which case you will be called, and a convenient time will be scheduled. You may also be asked to bring certain information with you. If you are not in the Tucson area, I will make arrangements to meet with you at a place that is convenient for you.

It may be that unfortunately, I can tell just from the first phone call that I can't help you. If so, I will send you a letter that tells you this and also tells you about deadlines to make your claim. If this occurs, please understand that I am sorry I cannot talk to you personally.

If you come in for an appointment, we will talk about everything that happened to you. I will explain my investigation process, all the parts of my representation of you and how long things should take. I will do my best to answer all your questions. When we are done with the first appointment, you should have a clear understanding of what you can expect from me.

There is no charge for our first meeting. If I can represent you, I will also explain how my attorney's fees and costs work. You will then decide whether you want me to be your lawyer.

You may want to get some of your own medical records before our meeting, but you don't have to. If you would like to do that, call the healthcare provider, tell them you would like a copy of your records and ask them how to do this. You don't have to tell them why you want your records — you have a right to them without explanation. There will probably be a charge for the records.