When you are involved in an accident – of any type – that wasn’t your fault, you need to decide if you are going to hire a personal injury attorney. When you begin looking for this legal representation, you will quickly discover there are a wide array of options out there.
To help ensure you find the right law firm or person for the job, you need to make sure and ask the right questions. After all, your case is unique, and you need an attorney who is willing to put in the time and effort to help you maximize the compensation you receive.
Keep reading to learn more about what questions you need to ask a personal injury attorney before hiring them.
1. When will you be able to speak to your actual lawyer?
There are some law firms who have intake experts. These are the individuals who will speak with potential clients first to obtain the details of the case. However, after the firm has accepted your case, you should never have any problem speaking directly to your attorney. If you find it challenging to get in touch with your lawyer, or if your calls aren’t returned, this is an indication that your case isn’t getting the attention it deserves.
2. What type of cases does the law firm/lawyer specialize in?
Make sure that the firm, or the attorney, has plenty of experience handling cases similar with yours. Regardless of how great the firm is, you need to make sure the experience is a good fit for your case’s specific needs.
3. Who else will be working on your case?
Lawyers are usually extremely busy. As a result, it’s important they have an extremely qualified team of paralegals around them to help clients when they need to go to court, or if they aren’t available.
4. How often do their cases go to trial?
Most personal injury cases will be settled out of court. However, you want to hire an attorney who is willing to settle your case at the right time – not when it’s convenient for them to do so. This means taking the case to court, when necessary.
5. Will the firm handle the case if it goes to court?
Make sure your lawyer will stick with your case until the end. This means even if the case goes to court. If the negotiations fail, many lawyers won’t take a client’s case to court and some may even push the case onto another law firm.
6. What are the attorney’s fees?
You should not be required to pay any money unless the lawyer is able to acquire a settlement on your behalf. At this point, you need to know what percentage of the settlement the attorney will keep. Be sure the fee being charged is equivalent to the quality of work done.
7. If you call with a question, how long will it take for your call to be returned?
It can be extremely frustrating to call with a question and find there’s no one there to help. If you aren’t helped right away, any quality law firm will make sure to return calls within 24 hours. If the firm doesn’t have this policy, it may be time to look elsewhere.
Finding the right attorney matters when you are trying to receive a settlement for the injuries or damages you suffered. To learn more, contact the team of attorneys at Schnipper Law, P.C. by calling (404) 458-8068.
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