Four Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer
Hiring a personal injury lawyer seems like an easy affair until you actually get to it. A lot of people make costly mistakes when looking for a personal injury attorney and then end up with a claim that’s denied, money wasted as well as a bleak future ahead. It is important to arm yourself with the right questions when you’re screening potential attorneys in order to get the right one for your case.
Ask About Experience
It is important that you pick an experienced injury attorney because litigation and the successful trying of cases usually comes with time, even for the best lawyers. Aim for over 10 years of experience, but don’t forget to ask about their success rate as well as examples of some of their biggest settlements for their clients.
Ask About Fees
A lot of people shy away from seeking legal services due to the sheer cost of hiring an attorney. That being said, personal injury attorneys usually work on contingency fee, meaning that they’ll take their cut from the settlement they get you once the case has been concluded. However, some lawyers may ask that you pay them a fixed hourly rate, as well as a certain percentage as a retainer fee. It’s best to know how much it will cost you to avoid any nasty surprises down the road.
Ask About How They Deal With Insurance Companies
More often than not, personal injury cases will not see the inside of a courtroom. This is because it may be easier and time-efficient to deal with insurance agency adjusters to get you a sizeable settlement. Ask them about how to deal with insurance companies, and whether or not you’ll need to negotiate with them.
How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Case?
Every case is different, but if your attorney has adequate experience, you’ll get a ballpark figure with regard to the number of weeks, months or years that your case is going to take to be resolved. At the same time, ask them about how often they will need to see you for meetings as well as how many court appearances you will have to make should the case go to trial.
By asking these questions, you will have a rough idea of what your injury attorney is capable of, and it’s a much better and smarter strategy than just picking up the Yellow Pages and dialing the first number that comes up. Please give us a call on 877-561-3004 for all your personal injury questions and we’ll be happy to give you a free telephone consultation with an actual lawyer, and not a representative. Thanks for choosing us.