Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
No one wants to be involved in an accident. They rarely come with any warning, leaving most victims unprepared and unsure of which course of action to take next. When you or someone you love is injured, you will have a lot of uncertainty but you need to make a lot of quick decisions.
It is a must that you seek immediate medical attention for any injuries present and you should also seek the assistance of qualified and experienced legal representation.
Here are some questions you should ask your personal injury attorney to make sure you have the right person for the job:
Which areas of law do you specialize in?
You should not hire an attorney who does not focus their practice on personal injury work. There are different lawyers who specialize in different areas of the law. As a result, they also have specialized skills related to those areas. To get the best results, you would want an attorney who specializes in personal injury law.
Have you taken cases similar to mine in the past? How did those cases turn out?
A personal injury lawyer can specialize in a particular field even when he or she is not particularly skilled at it. You want to check if he or she is new to the area of practice, or just doing it part-time, or even just generally bad at it. There is also no guarantee with past performances, but at least you get to have a better feeling for what has been possible for this attorney or firm.
How long will it take you to resolve this case?
Your medical bills and time out of work will pile up when you are injured, so it is important to at least have an idea on how long it will take before you are compensated for your injuries. You should also know how long your life will be disrupted by attending legal proceedings, investigative doctor visits, etc. There are different factors that might affect the duration of a trial so no attorney will be able to give you an exact time frame. However, a general estimate can be provided, based on similar cases to yours that they handled in the past.
Can you provide any references from past clients?
Many jurisdictions allow attorneys nowadays to provide references from past clients. If you are in one of those jurisdictions, past client references can be able to provide a good indicator of whether previous clients were satisfied with the lawyer’s performance and can even be a source of information about the results obtained, time frame, as well as other expectations from the attorney.
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