If you’ve been injured and are considering a lawsuit against those responsible, it’s important to wisely Choose your legal defense. While legal representation can be expensive, most Attorneys will discuss your case at no cost. If their instincts are to determine whether your case can be won, you’re already on the right track to acquiring good representation. Here’s what you should consider from there.
Experience Over Price Tag
Lawyers usually only have a select few specialties. The first thing you’ll want to verify is that your Attorney is a specialist in Personal Injury. Then, ask about their case volume history. You need experienced representation with a promising record. That being said, many cases do not go to court, but it is reassuring to know your case will be handled by accomplished professionals.
Suing Isn’t Always Necessary
There are situations when a skilled Lawyer settles a dispute outside of court. In matters relating to insurance companies, this could save you significantly in fees. You’ll want to have your Attorney present at all of your negotiations or discussions with the opposing party, in and out of court. In addition, you’ll want to document everything. Doing so could prevent the need for a suit altogether.
Contingencies Are Cost Effective
Speaking of documentation, you’ll want to hammer down all the details of your Personal Injury Lawyers’ costs well beforehand. Often, many will work on what is called a contingency fee, i.e. they don’t require payment until you win your suit. This will often give you the opportunity to hire a great Lawyer without having to worry about extensive upfront costs. However, those aren’t the only costs involved with hiring an Attorney, and you should be aware of additional “expenses.”
There Are Additional Expenses
You may have opted for your Attorney to retain his contingency fee at the end of your case, but that doesn’t cover everything. Most Personal Injury Lawyers have to hire out help in certain scenarios or pay for expensive travel fees. Make sure to discuss each of these details beforehand. Also, be aware that he/she will most likely bill you at the end of your case for any outstanding charges.
Communication Is Key
Personal Injury Attorneys with high case volumes have a bad habit of sending paralegal aides or other assistants to speak to you. Make sure you clarify beforehand how your Lawyer plans to manage the case and when he/she will be available to talk. If you have a conflicting work schedule or he doesn’t give you the time of day, consider different representation altogether. After all, he/she needs to be completely informed of every aspect of your case and not learn about the details from a third-party translator.
Time Is Money
While every case takes time to work through the legal system, it’s important to ask Personal Injury Lawyers how long they think your case will take. Relating back to the previous issue of communication, make sure that his or her caseload isn’t currently so large that it will take longer to resolve your suit. Remember, the longer he or she thinks your case will take, the more expenses you can expect. Discuss all the details, and when you have hammered down these important questions, start litigation efforts on your case right away.
When seeking just compensation for a Personal Injury, make sure you have a strong team representing your needs.