After suffering a serious injury, it’s likely that you have a ton of questions. What comes next? Will you be able to return to your previous quality of life? How will you be able to support your family? The best way to answer these questions is to consult with a personal injury lawyer.

The first step to getting the compensation that you deserve after an unexpected personal injury is to ask your lawyer the right questions before you hire them.

Here are seven questions that you should ask:

  1. How many of your cases involve personal injuries?

When you’re looking for the right lawyer to represent your personal injury case you want to find someone who specializes in personal injury law. A lawyer with experience and expertise in the area of personal injury law has the know-how needed to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. Ask if they are familiar with case law and with the entire process and the unique challenges that affect clients who have suffered a personal injury.

  1. How many of your cases go to trial?

Many lawyers focus on settlements. In many cases, a settlement is the best outcome, but sometimes you have to take the fight to the courtroom. If your case is taken to court then you’ll want the best, most experienced lawyers in your corner to help you come out on top. Even if your case doesn’t go to court, having a seasoned trial lawyer on your side can help secure a larger settlement.

  1. How much will it cost? What is your contingency fee?

You have to be able to trust your lawyer and that trust should begin with transparent fees. Ask about lawyer fees, court costs and other legal expenses. Ask about their contingency percentage, which is the percent of your settlement that goes to the law firm representing you.

  1. Have you handled a case like this before?

Every personal injury case is unique, but the more experience your lawyer has with similar cases the greater the chances of success. Ask about how they approached previous similar cases, the level of compensation their previous clients received, and whether previous cases were settled outside of court.

  1. Can you provide references from past clients or other lawyers?

If your lawyer is able to provide references from previous clients or fellow lawyers then that can be a great indicator of their quality of work.

  1. What outcome do you expect?

No one can see the future, but an experienced lawyer should be able to give you some predictions. Will it go to court? What level of compensation could you receive? How long will the process take? Does the lawyer foresee any potential issues? Getting honest answers from an experienced lawyer will help set your expectations and prepare you for the next steps.

  1. Will you handle my case?

Some law firms specialize in referring cases. Often this results in better outcomes for the client, but in this case, the firm should be upfront with you. Also, ensure that you talk to the lawyer who is actually going to represent you. The most impressive credentials in the world don’t mean much if the lawyer you’re talking to isn’t actually the one representing you. Looking for a personal injury lawyer? 

 

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