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Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer

When you have a personal injury claim, don’t let just any professional represent you. Before signing any contracts or fees, you have the right to ask questions and get to know your personal injury lawyer.

What Are Your Fees?

In a personal injury, the last thing you want to worry about is having to pay to receive help for your already inflicted damages. For this reason, most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. Contingency means you will not have to pay a fee unless you recover money damages in your lawsuit.the typical per enrage taken by a lawyer is anywhere between 25% and 40%. Be sure to understand all of the qualifications of the attorney you hire. Paying 25% to an experienced lawyer is one thing, but paying 25% to an unqualified attorney will not help your personal injury lawsuit.

If I Lose, Will I Responsible for Any Fees?

Although contingency fees state you do not have to pay anything unless you win your lawsuit, some lawyers will have out-of-pocket fees. Ask about these fees in the case of a loss.

What Kind of Cases Does the Lawyer Typically Handle?

All personal injury attorneys are lawyers, but not all lawyers are qualified to practice personal injury law. Some lawyers are generic and practice a little bit of everything, including personal al injury, but if you want the most skilled personal injury, ask how often they have handled these cases. If they are inexperienced, injured people who hire them are at a disadvantage. A specialist in any legal field is always ideal to practice at the highest skill level and get the best results for you.

How Long Have You Been in the Field?

This relates to how experienced your lawyer is, however since you pay all personal injury lawyers the same no matter how long they’ve been practicing, think about who you want to pay. For the same price, you could get a lawyer with one or two years of experience or a lawyer with 20 years of experience. This makes a huge difference in the success of your case.

Have You Ever Had a Case Similar to Mine?

Personal injury law may refer to all personal injuries, but no two personal injury cases are the same. Slip and fall accidents are not the same as car accidents. Never assume your personal injury lawyer has handled a case similar to yours before. You are well within your rights to ask every potential lawyer about his or her experience and results.

Do Any Lawsuits Ever Go to Court, or Are They Settled Outside of Court?

This is one of the most important questions most individuals don’t know to ask. It’s a fact that in order to receive top dollar in your case, you must go to court, or at least be prepared to. This means you and your lawyer should be prepared. If your lawyer always settles and never goes to court, you will most likely not receive all the compensation you could.

One way to tell the difference between real lawyers and “clearinghouse” ones is that clearinghouse lawyers typically do a lot of advertising. They will claim they get results, when in fact they move through cases quickly by negotiating settlements. Real, heavy lawyers, however, will always be prepared to take your case to court.

What Is Your Track Record for Settlements and Verdicts?

Along the lines of going to court, you should know your lawyer’s track record. If your lawyer has a long list of successful case outcomes, the better it is for you. After so many successes, the insurance companies who defend personal injury and malpractice cases will know who the attorneys are in your area who actually go into court to try cases (and win). This makes it risky for insurance companies and you’ll likely get a bigger payout.

What Is My Role in the Lawsuit?

It is important to know what your role will be in a lawsuit. Some people want to be very involved in their case, others do not. Ask if your lawyer allows this; some lawyers do not. You want to be sure you and your personal injury lawyer are on the same page about what your relationship will look like.

Can I Speak to a Past Client?

Speaking to at least one satisfied former client makes all the difference. It is difficult to rely on website reviews or promotional materials alone because these may have been heavily edited. A real-life client can make you feel more confident in the personal injury lawyer you choose.