If you have been injured in a car accident, a slip and fall, or are experiencing personal injury, you may be considering hiring someone in personal injury law. These are attorneys that specialize in fighting for people that are entitled to damages after an injury has occurred. There is no reason to be intimidated by personal injury law. In most states, your first consultation is free. Make the most of that first consult with this list of questions.
Is Personal Injury Your Specialty?
You want to know that your lawyer is experienced. When you ask them if this is their specialty, ask them about how many cases they have managed, how many they have won, and how many look like yours. You can even ask them about settlements. They might tell you they've collected millions for their clients, and you can trust that. Personal injury law is a market of over 3 billion dollars annually.
How Often Are You in Court?
It is estimated that approximately 96% of all personal injury cases settle before court. That is the point of a personal injury matter. You are after damages owed to you, and you shouldn't have to fight for them in front of a judge. A good personal injury lawyer will tell you the same thing. They have gone to court because they are a lawyer and that is the job. But they may not have been to court as much as it seems to you. They will tell you how often, and how often they have been successful. If they don't, ask.
What Is Your Fee Structure?
You will probably get the answer of 'contingency,' and that means the lawyer will get a percentage of the amount that was settled. Every lawyer has a different percentage. The plus on this is that you won't pay anything for your case until the settlement arrives. Then your lawyer gets a cut. Be sure that you ask if regular updates are available on how much the case is costing as the case goes on.
Do Your Research
When you are looking for a personal injury attorney, do your research. Most offer free consultations, which allows you to spend some time shopping around. Act swiftly due to the statute of limitations on personal injury law. However, you will probably not have a hard time finding one that works well with you.