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How much confidence do you have in the courts? When 35% of Americans have falling confidence in state courts, perhaps there’s some cause for concern. It’s all the more important to have the best personal injury lawyer you can get to protect your interests.
Not all personal injury lawyers are the same. There are 5 questions you should be asking before hiring a personal injury lawyer. Read on to learn what they are.
1. Have You the Right Experience?
The law is a broad profession. There are lawyers who specialize in corporate law, divorce, criminal law, and much else. Personal injury law is a specialized area of the law so it’s important to have an attorney who specializes in this area of the law.
Personal injury cases vary hugely. Even though a lawyer may have specialized training and experience it’s not necessarily the case that they will be the best lawyer for your case.
It’s important to ask a prospective personal injury attorney about their experience. This is one of the most important factors to consider. Ask them if they have the training and experience needed for the case in question.
2. Who’ll be Handling My Case?
Sometimes, you will be impressed by an attorney. You’ll engage them because of this. Later you’ll find out that they have little to do with your case.
When hiring a lawyer, ask whether they will be handling your case. If other more junior staff will be doing the work, ask how much supervision they will have.
Often, it will be in your interests for more junior staff to do some of the work. This can keep fees affordable. Check that, if you want to talk to the attorney, you will be able to do so.
3. What Is Your Fee?
Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking about fees. You need to know how they charge for their work and what you might have to pay whether you win or lose.
Some lawyers charge on a contingency basis. That means they don’t charge anything if you lose.
If you win, they may charge a percentage of the damages they secure for you. You need to know what percentage they charge. Sometimes lawyers charge some fees even if the case is lost and you need to know what that feen will be.
4. How Successful Are You?
You should ask about a prospective lawyer’s track record. How often do they win cases?
Sometimes, a lawyer may negotiate an out of court settlement. You may prefer this but it may also mean you settle for less than if it went to court. Ask the attorney what proportion of their clients have out of court settlements.
5. What’s Your Reputation?
Ask for references from previous clients. Speak to these previous clients to see if they are happy to recommend this attorney. Make sure that their case was similar to yours.
Choose Your Personal Injury Lawyer
You need the right lawyer. With a few simple questions, you can determine if this is the personal injury lawyer for you. Then choose with confidence.
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