Almost everyone is unprepared following a serious injury and most people don’t know the process of hiring a personal injury attorney. It’s important that you take the right steps and make the best decisions regarding your case from the very beginning. First and foremost, you should always seek immediate medical attention for any injuries. It is also imperative to seek the assistance of qualified, experienced legal representation. No two people are alike, and no two cases are alike. To figure out whether someone is the right lawyer for you, you need to ask them some questions to get to know them and how they work in their practice. Asking these nine questions will get you the basic information you need to move forward in hiring a personal injury attorney.
1. What areas of law do you specialize in?
Many law firms will handle just about any sort of claim that is thrown at them. This has its advantages, but it can also have its disadvantages. Lawyers that lack a focus area can have a hard time keeping up with important developments in various legal areas. A lawyer who focuses solely on personal injury will be much more aware of any important modifications in the law.
2. Have you ever handled any other cases similar to this one?
It always helps if your lawyer has successfully handled personal injury claims similar to the one you have brought them. With that specific experience under their belt, they will know what to expect in your case and prepare accordingly.
3. How long will it take to resolve this case?
There are many factors that can influence how long it takes to resolve a case, but potential lawyers should be able to give you a rough estimate. It’s important to make sure your lawyer is committed to resolving your case as quickly as possible.
4. What damages am I entitled to?
Typically, the damages available in a personal injury case include medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of earning potential. Wrongful death claims may also seek compensation for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and loss of inheritance. An experience personal injury lawyer will work with medical, economic, and life care planning experts to help clients determine and prove the full extent of their damages.
5. Will you be the only one working on my case?
Large firms have the benefit of an army of attorneys and staff members, but this means the initial person with whom you spoke may not actually be the one handling your case. Though many big firms advertise their “team” of lawyers as an advantage, our attorneys are able to take the time to know you personally and develop a deep understanding of the background of your case. Since you are not just another client in a hundred, you will receive the professional, caring, and attentive treatment you deserve.
6. Does my personal injury case present any challenges?
It’s better to find out the challenges of your case sooner than later. No matter how strong a case is, there is almost always an area of concern that should be addressed.
7. Do you work on a contingency basis?
Most personal injury lawyers work based on a contingency fee agreement. This means that you only pay legal fees if they’re able to obtain monetary compensation for your injury. Be wary of law firms who advertise that they can do your case “on the cheap.” Generally, you get what you pay for.
8. How will you inform me of updates in my case?
You want to be kept informed about the progress of your case as it winds its way through the legal system. It is nice to have a contact person, whether the attorney, paralegal, or assistant, who will always either take your call or return your call promptly if you have a question.
9. Can you provide references from past clients?
Do not hesitate to ask a potential personal injury lawyer for references. He or she should be able to provide you with contact information for at least one satisfied former client. Never rely on website testimonials or promotional materials alone.
Asking the right questions in the initial meeting with your personal injury attorney can make the difference between hiring an attorney who can successfully handle your case and one who can’t. Parker Law Firm provides knowledgeable representation, outstanding client service, and skilled legal advocacy in every case. We have experience handling a wide array of personal injury cases including:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Dram Shop Liability
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Dog Bite Injuries
- Wrongful Death
If you’ve been in an accident due to the negligence of someone, Parker Law Firm’s experienced personal injury lawyers are standing by to help you. Contact us for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to review your options.