12 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney
When you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you've got more important things to think about than whether or not you’ve chosen the right personal injury attorney. You will likely be dealing with medical costs, changes to your lifestyle, and employment issues. Additionally, you may be dealing with emotional or psychological trauma as a result of your injury.
Whether you’ve been injured in a car accident, in the workplace, in a hospital or as a result of a faulty product, you will want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. But remember, you do not have to choose the first accident lawyer you speak with. When you are seeking compensation for damages, how do you choose the most appropriate lawyer?
To help you with the process of choosing a qualified personal injury lawyer, Peterson & Associates, P.C.™ has put together this list of questions to ask. Feel free to ask our own lawyers these questions.
Questions for Your Injury Lawyer
- What experience do you have? – Ask about the experience your attorney has with personal injury cases, specifically cases that are similar to your situation.
- When will my lawsuit be filed? – Make sure you get a specific deadline. Some personal injury law firms will sit on cases for years unless they are kept to a due date.
- Who will be the actual attorney filing my lawsuit? – Ask to speak directly with the attorney who is handling your case. This should be the person you are interviewing, since they will be representing you.
- How much is your contingency fee? – Most personal injury cases work on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t pay legal fees unless you have won a settlement or received some monetary compensation. Most contingency fees are based on a percentage of the settlement and are often negotiable.
- Are there any advance costs? – Some accident lawyers may charge advance fees in addition to the contingency fee, even if they lose the case.Ask if you will be responsible for any advance fees, and inquire about the cost.
- What is the typical time until resolution? – Every case is different, but if they have experience handling similar cases, your injury attorney should be able to give a general timetable of how long it takes to get things resolved.
- What is your availability? – Make sure the attorney you choose is available to take your calls and meet with you when you need to see them. Also, make sure they are able to respond quickly if you have any questions or concerns.
- How many other cases are you handling? – You don’t want a personal injury attorney who is overloaded with cases and won’t give you the attention you need.
- Do you have past clients that can refer you? – You are in charge of hiring your attorney, so it’s not unreasonable to ask for references. View our case results.
- Have you ever been suspended or disbarred? – Find out specifics regarding a lawyer's professional past and how their past may affect your case.
- Will my case go to trial? – The vast majority of personal injury cases do not go to trial, but it is possible that your case might.
- What is my case worth? – The specifics of your case will determine the worth, and that will involve discovery, research and medical examination. But if your personal injury lawyer has past experience with similar cases, they should be able to give a rough range estimate.
If you have been injured through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C.™ today for a free consultation.