Have you been injured in an accident caused by another person? If so, you may be questioning how you are going to pay for your medical bills and other regular expenses while not working to heal from your injuries. The insurance company may be compelling you to reach an agreement quickly for your demand. Although it may be tempting to reach a quick settlement because you need money, it is in your best curiosity to consult a personal injury lawyer before reaching an agreement regarding your claim. You may be accepting much less than the actual value of your claim.
How to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Most personal injury lawyers offer free consultations (our offices do). The first step is to meet with the lawyer to discuss the legal options for recovery. When meeting with a lawyer, you should ask them the following questions to make sure you are hiring a competent lawyer with solid skills and who offers you reliable legal representation.
Question Number 1: How long have you practiced as a lawyer?
Law schools teach lawyers how to write legal reports, investigate the laws, and argue about complex legal theories. However, law schools do not teach the practical skills necessary to become a successful personal injury lawyer. Years of managing hundreds of personal injury cases give lawyers the skills, knowledge, and experience you will want to have when fighting against an insurance company or the other party when determining responsibility for the accident.
Question Number 2: What Types of Practical Law?
If your leg is broken and you need a quick surgery, you will not ask the GP to perform this procedure. You are going to an orthopedic surgeon. If you are injured in an accident, you will want a lawyer who focuses on the practice within injury cases rather than other areas such as real estate, state planning, or criminal law. Be sure to hire a lawyer who focuses on personal injuries.
Question Number 3: In How Many Cases Litigation?
A personal injury lawyer does his best for his clients. In many cases, this involves negotiating an agreement without the expenses and times involved in a personal injury claim. However, not all cases can be settled outside the courts. If the other party refuses to negotiate fairly, you must ensure that your lawyers have sufficient experience to handle a trial.
Question Number 4: What is Your Rate?
Most personal injury attorneys accept cases under contingency, which means that you will not pay any fees until the attorney has managed to collect compensation from you. Some lawyers require that the client pays for certain costs (e.g., copies, shipments, etc.) associated with the investigation, negotiation, and litigation of the case. Additionally, make sure that the fee agreement is established in writing and clearly defines the terms of the agreement with the attorney.
Question Number 5: Can I talk to you if I have any questions?
The lawyers manage many cases at the same time; therefore, they have staff that assists them to carry out certain tasks. However, you should be able to talk to your lawyer if you have questions regarding your case. Ask your lawyer how you handle requests for phone calls or a conference in an office.