After an accident, you want to make sure that you have the right legal representation to seek the full compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney for a consultation and have questions prepared.
Now, you may have already arranged your first consultation with a personal injury law firm but don’t know where to start. Any good lawyer will understand and empathize with you, but you’ll still want to approach your consultation with a little preparation. Here are four essential questions you should be prepared to ask a personal injury lawyer during your initial consultation.
What are your fees?
Payment models are a personal business decision of law firms, often based on the type of law practiced. That said, the large majority of personal injury lawyers operate on contingency fee terms.
Contingency fees mean that you’ll only have to pay if you win at trial or receive a settlement payment. The lawyer’s fees will come from a percentage of the compensation awarded to you. Even if it’s on a contingency fee basis, you’ll want to fully understand how the fees work before you agree to representation.
Have you tried any cases similar to mine?
Understandably, you’ll want to work with someone who is experienced in working with your particular type of case. Although your personal injury lawyer may advertise their specific practice areas, there may still be specific uncertainties and ambiguities that you’re curious about.
Don’t be afraid to be upfront and lay out any uncertainties you might be feeling. After all, your injury lawyer is being paid to answer your questions and build a robust case.
How much time can you devote to my case?
Time is of the essence during a personal injury case. Although you’ll generally have a couple of years to file a lawsuit before your statute of limitations is up, you can’t build a case overnight. You’ll want to be sure that your personal injury lawyer doesn’t waste time when building and arguing your case.
Ask them how much time they need to build your case, how much time they can devote to the case, how long similar past cases have continued and how long it’d take to potentially bring the case to resolution. They cannot tell you exactly how long everything might take, but it’s fair to ask for an estimate.
What will be my role in the lawsuit?
To build and argue a winning case, it’s crucial that you and your attorney are on the same page. Ask them about the level of expected involvement on your end.
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