One of the best investments you can make is a good lawyer. Just like a home security system or a 911 button, it’s a resource everyone hopes they’ll never need.
That being said, there are still police, firemen, paramedics, and lawyers, which, unfortunately means that there’s still a business in emergency.
Much like doctors, there are a lot of lawyers in the world, and each one seems to specialize in something different. This article concerns personal injury lawyers, and how to find the right one.
Below we’ve provided a bit of advice, and a list of questions to ask a personal injury lawyer.
1. What is Your Experience Level?
The best thing to know when talking to a lawyer, really any type of lawyer, is how much experience they have with your type of case, and what their success rate is. Personal injury is a very broad term, meaning that there are multiple scenarios that could qualify as personal injury.
With this in mind, it’s best to ask your lawyer about the particulars of your case. You may find, for instance, that your lawyer has plenty of experience in car crash injuries, but no experience in dog bite injuries, which is what you need. It’s better to know these things going in.
2. What, if any, Costs Will I be Expected to Pay?
One important thing to know is that a lot of personal injury lawsuits work on a contingency system, meaning that the lawyer doesn’t get paid unless you win the trial or secure a settlement. If you do succeed in your case, the lawyer takes a percentage of the winnings.
Determine the difference between the gross income and net income. The gross income is the total money won, while the net income is the actual profit, the money won minus expenses.
3. The Question of Time
There are a few questions that you might want to ask on the subject of time. The first is how much time the firm will be able to spend on your case. After all, law firms usually are juggling multiple cases at a time.
The second question to ask is how long the case will take. Trial preparation can take months to even a year or more. It might help to know what you can expect in terms of a wait.
4. Who is Handling this Case?
In some instances, law firms divvy up their cases, so you may not be dealing with the lawyer you first talked to about the case. Some firms will assign less-experienced lawyers to handle the case, but will use more experienced ones to attract clients.
Many questions to ask a personal injury lawyer should be about who is handling the case.
5. What Should I Do?
One key part of Miranda Rights is the warning that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. That’s true, even if you aren’t accused of anything.
It’s also important to note how you want to handle the case. How involved do you want to be and how allowed will your lawyer let you be?
Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer
There are a lot of questions to ask a personal injury lawyer, from who is handling the case, to what their experience level is. There’s also how much time it will take, what it will cost and what you should do to help things along.