How to talk to a personal injury attorney
Hiring a personal injury lawyer is a big decision, this article is going to step you through how to talk to a personal injury attorney so you can make a good decision. You should talk to your personal injury attorney about the following.
What are you going to owe the lawyer for taking on your case? Most personal injury cases are done on contingency, which means your fee that you owe them is based on a percentage of the amount of money the lawyer collects for you. You want to find out the percentage, the percentages can range quite a bit from firm to firm, but you certainly don’t want to necessarily go with the lowest percentage. That doesn’t mean it’s going to end up the best result for you. You also need to ask: what’s going to happen if the case is not successful, there is no guarantee and law. Will you owe money and, in particular with disbursements; this is money that the law firm will spend to advance your case to investigate your case and so forth. What happens if the case isn’t successful? Do you have to pay for those disbursements? Will you have to pay for any time? You need to know this upfront number four.
Does the firm or the lawyer you interviewing handle your type of case
Now, here’s the thing there are some lawyers who might dabble a little bit in personal injury cases but really focus on a different area of law. You want to find out because generally, you’re going to prefer to go with a lawyer whose practice focus is personal injury. On the flip side, if you’re in a bike accident, for example, don’t expect to find a lawyer who deals with just bicycle accidents. Generally, a personal injury attorney has a broader personal injury practice which includes car accidents, dog bites, slip and falls and other types of injury incidents.
Who in the firm is going to handle your case?
Alright, if it’s a larger firm, chances are your case will get handed off to an associate lawyer, another partner; somebody else is going to be with your case. This isn’t necessarily bad, this is how it works. You just want to know before you hire the firm what the deal is alright and really if it’s a big case, chances are a partner is going to deal with it. If it’s a minor case expect that it may get handed off to more of a junior lawyer, that’s typical. That’s not a bad thing, that’s just the way it is.
Find out if you hire the firm who is going to be your contact person
Find out if you are going to be dealing with a paralegal, a legal assistant, a partner, the lawyer you hire and so forth. You want to know who your contact person is going to be next, you want to ask about getting help with treatment, and this is a big area. Is the firm going to help get you medical referrals that you’re going to need to get better? Are they going to deal with any insurance? So, for example, let’s say you have some insurance coverage and along the way they decide that you’re better and they cut you off and they don’t pay for any more treatment. Will the firm deal with that legal issue, because that may as well be a separate legal issue? Will they help you get more treatment if it’s needed and so forth? You want to find out how the treatment angle is going to work because chances are you’re going to need ongoing treatment. It’s not cheap.
If you are not able to work and so forth, it can be very difficult. So you want to ask about the whole treatment timeline with any personal injury lawyer you are meeting with and how that’s handled.