In the aftermath of an accident, you’ll need to do two things pretty quickly: seek medical attention and find an experienced personal injury lawyer. But there are a lot of attorneys out there, and some may be a better fit for your case than others. How do you know which lawyer is the right choice?
In order to make the best decision possible, you’ll need to ask a few questions. Here are some of the things you should enquire about when looking for a personal injury lawyer.
#1: What Is Their Specialty?
It probably goes without saying, but if you have experienced personal injury due to someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior, you shouldn’t go to a lawyer who doesn’t specialize in personal injury. To take it a step further, you want a lawyer who specializes in the type of personal injury you have experienced, such as car accidents or slip and falls.
#2: What Is Their Track Record?
If the attorney you’re considering has taken cases like yours in the past, how did they turn out? And how many similar cases have they worked on? A history of success is essential — you want someone who has a record of winning compensation for their clients.
#3: How Long Could This Take?
The longer your case goes on, the more bills are piling up and paychecks are being missed. Additionally, you may want an idea of how long you can expect to be tied up in legal proceedings. Of course, it’s not reasonable to expect an exact time frame, but an experienced personal injury lawyer should be able to give you an estimate based on past cases.
#4: Will You Pay the Lawyer if You Don’t Win?
Most personal injury lawyers are paid by a contingency fee, which means you don’t pay them anything unless you win — and if you do win, they take a portion of any monies you receive. If an attorney charges based on the hour regardless of whether you win or lose, you could find yourself shelling out a lot of money at the same time you’re getting hit with medical bills and lost wages.
#5: How Often Do They Go to Trial?
The answer to this question may give you an idea of whether or not the attorney is just looking for a quick payout, or whether he or she is truly invested in getting you the most compensation possible. If they rarely go to trial, it may be a sign that they tend to go for the payout over fighting for your full compensation.
#6: Have They Ever Been Disciplined?
The vast majority of attorneys have not come under discipline by a committee in the past, but if they have, you definitely need to know the circumstances of that discipline. This could affect everything from their reputation in the eyes of the court to their ability to handle financials for you, so make sure you ask about it.
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