Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance. If you find yourself in a situation where you have been in an accident or have been injured due to no fault of your own you may be eligible to receive compensation. That’s where a personal injury lawyer comes in. They are the ones best equipped to help you get what you deserve. Personal injury lawyers understand the system, they know how to do the paperwork and can best advise you on your options and potential outcomes.
However, selecting the right lawyer can be a stressful and maybe even a difficult process, especially if it’s your first time dealing with lawyers and law firms. It’s imperative that you take the time to find the right, qualified, lawyer. Here are some questions to ask any potential lawyer before hiring them:
- What area(s) of law do you specialize in?
- Have you handled personal injury cases like this before? If so, how many?
- Have you taken any personal injury cases to trial? What were the results?
- What percentage of your practice is devoting to handling personal injury cases like mine?
- Do you usually represent injured people or people who are being used?
- How long have you been practicing for?
- How long does it typically take to resolve a case like mine?
- How often will we communicate? If I have a question will I be able to speak to you directly?
- Will there be other attorneys working on my case?
- How many cases are you currently handling? Do you have time to take my case?
- If I’m not happy with the offer that the insurance company gives to settle my case, will you be the attorney filing a lawsuit on my behalf and taking my case to trial?
- If we disagree on accepting a settlement with you yield to my wishes?
- What type of experts, if any, will you use to bolster my case?
- Can anything be done to improve the chances of my case being successful?
- Can you give me references from past clients?
- Have you ever been censured or disciplined by any legal or ethics committees in the past? If so, why?
- What is your fee?
- Would a contingency fee be possible?
- Do you anticipate any other out of pocket costs?