If you’ve been injured in an accident, you want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. A personal injury lawyer can help you. Before you hire an attorney, you must get a good idea of what to expect.
It can be challenging to find someone who will work hard on your behalf. When you meet with someone you’re considering hiring to represent you, ask these ten questions to make sure they’re the right lawyer for you.
How Much Time Will You Devote to My Case?
A lot of lawyers today take on too many cases at once and are overloaded with work. Try to get a good idea of if they feel overwhelmed or stressed with their caseload. Ask them how much time they have to work on your case right now.
Make sure you stress that time is of the essence for you. You don’t want to end up with a lawyer who will sit on your case as they acquire many new clients.
How Much Do You Charge?
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t have to pay until they recover damages. If so, they’ll typically charge between 25% and 40% of what you’re awarded.
What’s the Value of My Case?
Once you know the fees, you’ll want to know how much your case is worth. They should be able to provide you with a general idea of the total value, including factors such as discovery, liability, or any pre-existing conditions that may apply.
If I Lose, Do I Have to Cover Case-related Costs?
Some lawyers may charge case-related costs in addition to their contingency fees. Ask who will cover the “out-of-pocket” costs if your case isn’t successful. It’s better to know what will happen in the worst-case scenario.
How Long Will it Take?
According to Injury Lawyers, the length of time it takes to reach a verdict depends on various factors. The attorney can give you an estimate, especially if they’re committed to resolving your case as soon as possible.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
It’s best if your lawyer is preparing as if they expect your case to go to trial. You want to make sure that they qualify for negotiations and try to find you the fairest settlement or win in front of a jury.
What’s Your Experience?
Ensure that the lawyer you hire has a lot of experience winning on behalf of clients in the courtroom.
Who Will Work on My Case?
Depending on the firm, the senior partner you meet may never be involved in your case. Make sure you know who will be your point-person on the case, and you’re happy with the work they’ll do.
What’s My Role?
Do you want to be involved in the case, or do you want to remain on the sidelines? Ask your lawyer what they think is best for your situation.
The Final Question: Do You Have Any References?
If you wouldn’t hire a babysitter or an employee without references, don’t hire a lawyer without them. Ask if you can speak to a previous client or look online for reviews.