What To Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident, at work, or any other incident involving two or more parties, it is vital that you hire a good personal injury attorney to represent your case as you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. This attorney will help you understand the legal ins and outs of your situation, advising you as to what your best option will be and what your odds of recovering are. Knowing the importance of the role your attorney will play, what can you do to ascertain whether or not you’ve found the best personal injury attorney possible? Here’s a list of the ten questions to ask a prospective lawyer before hiring him or her and why.
- Which areas of law does the attorney specialize in? This is an important question to ask, as many lawyers claim to work in personal injury, but may or may not do it on a consistent enough basis to warrant you offering them your case.
- Has the attorney ever had a case with details similar to your own? If so, how many?
- Has the attorney taken any other personal injury cases to court and what were the results? Knowing this will help you to understand what you may expect at the end of the arduous process.
- How long, on average, does it take the attorney to wrap up a case such as your own? The longer the process, the lighter your wallet becomes. Be sure the attorney will make the time to pursue the results you desire in a timely manner.
- Will you be able to speak with the attorney directly throughout the process? Watch out for lawyers who send a paralegal to the initial consultation instead of attending it themselves.
- How many other cases does the attorney currently have on his or her plate? Knowing this will allow you to discern whether or not the attorney will have time to focus on keeping the ball rolling for your case.
- If you are not satisfied with the settlement offer from the insurance company, will this attorney personally file a claim and take it to trial, or leave it up to someone else?
- Are there any past clients that you could speak with about their satisfaction levels?
- Has this attorney ever been suspended from practicing law, and if so, why? This one seems pretty self-explanatory.
- What is the contingency fee?
While asking all of these questions during the hunt for a lawyer might seem a bit overwhelming at first, it is far better to ask these up front than to realize during the process that you should have started with the questions from the beginning.