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Questions to Consider When You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
By: Deutschmann Personal Injury & Disability Law (Lawyers) | Published 02/10/2023
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in an accident due to someone else's negligence like falling on an icy sidewalk, in a car accident, pedestrian or bike accident, or a motorcycle accident, then you need a personal injury lawyer.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer is a crucial decision that can significantly impact the outcome of your case. Personal injury cases are complex, and hiring the right experienced attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. However, choosing the right lawyer can be a challenge especially when there are so many choices. To make the process easier, here are some questions to consider when you need a personal injury lawyer. The best place to start when you are looking for a lawyer is to ask friends, family and co-workers for their experience.
The first visit is usually free. It’s your chance to interview each other, to determine the strength of your case and to make a plan for moving forward in your healing journey.
- What experience do you have with personal injury cases like mine? The first question to ask is about the lawyer's experience with cases similar to yours. You want to hire a lawyer who has handled cases like yours and who has a good track record of success. Make sure the lawyer you choose has experience with the type of injury you sustained, and the type of accident that caused your injury.
- Can you provide references or testimonials from previous clients? Ask the lawyer to provide references or testimonials from previous clients. This will give you a better idea of the lawyer's experience and what to expect if you hire them. You can also check online reviews and ratings to see what others have to say about the lawyer's services.
- How do you handle communication with your clients? Good communication is essential when working with a personal injury lawyer. You want a lawyer who will keep you informed and answer your questions promptly. Ask the lawyer about their communication style and how they plan to keep you informed throughout the process.
- How do you calculate your fees, and what do they cover? Personal injury lawyers typically work on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if you win your case. Ask the lawyer about their fee structure and what is included in their fee. Make sure you understand what the lawyer's fees cover and if there are any additional expenses you will be responsible for.
- What is your settlement philosophy? Settlements are common in personal injury cases, and you want a lawyer who is willing to fight for the compensation you deserve. Ask the lawyer about their settlement philosophy and if they have a track record of settling cases out of court. You also want to know if the lawyer is willing to take your case to trial if a settlement cannot be reached.
- What is your approach to negotiations? Negotiations are a crucial part of personal injury cases, and you want a lawyer who has a strong negotiating style. Ask the lawyer about their approach to negotiations and how they plan to get you the compensation you deserve.
- How will you keep me informed about the progress of my case? You want a lawyer who will keep you informed about the progress of your case. Ask the lawyer about their plan for keeping you informed and how often you can expect updates.
- What is your availability to work on my case? It's essential to have a lawyer who is available to work on your case and has the time to dedicate to your case. Ask the lawyer about their availability and if they will be handling your case personally or if they will delegate it to another attorney.
Remember that it is very important you feel comfortable with your lawyer, that you trust them, and you are fully truthful with them. You’ll be working with them for a while, sometimes for several years and you need to have a good working relationship.
By asking these questions, you can find a lawyer with the experience and skills to help you get the compensation you deserve. Make sure you take your time and do your research to find the right personal injury lawyer for your case.
Please call one of our highly experienced personal injury lawyers today if you’ve been injured in an accident. Deutschmann Personal Injury and Disability Law 1.519742.7774 – we are here for you. Don’t face your situation alone.