There are some important questions that you need to ask a personal injury attorney before using them.
It’s like any other person you use – a doctor, an electrician, an auto mechanic – you want to know who they are, what they do, how good they are, and, to be honest, whether you like them and believe you will succeed can work with them.
Consider these key questions when “questioning” a personal injury attorney –
The interview process is a critical step in choosing your lawyer as it gives you better insight into the lawyer’s expertise. If you are uncomfortable with the attorney’s answers or are suspicious of their judgment, then you should keep searching.
Once you are comfortable with an attorney, it’s time to move on to the next step before officially hiring them.
Ask about your case
Ask your lawyer what he thinks about the merits of your case. Ask how they are handling the case and what outcome they would like to see. Does the lawyer only take cases that he can resolve out of court or is he willing to take your case to a judge and jury?
You may also want to ask about the style of communication and process the work your lawyer has done with clients. Do you check in regularly or do you allow you to check in the status of your case? Ask how they expect the outcome of your case.
The last question is important. Lawyers promising certain amounts of money or promising large sums for an accident should be a cause for concern. It is important to remember that each case and injury is as unique as the person to whom it happened. Your attorney can give you a “Ball Park Number” based on similar cases they have handled, but they should never promise you a specific amount or tell you that you will receive large sums of money.
Check the documents
Make sure to review all of the paperwork the attorney gives you so you know exactly what you will be signing if you keep them as your attorney. Once you have signed the documents to accept their legal services, you have entered into a contract.
Ask as many questions as necessary to make you feel comfortable. If the attorney is unhappy with your questions or seems bothered in any way, it may be time to move on. You just want to hire an attorney who you can work with openly and comfortably to get the best result possible. Remember your lawyer is there to give you the assistance you need.
Most personal injury attorneys work on an emergency basis. This means they won’t get paid for their work until the case is resolved. Many potential customers do not further investigate the language included in these payment agreements. This can prove costly in the long run.
It is imperative that you ask yourself what percentage of your recovery they charge for their services and how they charge additional legal fees.
Some lawyers may charge different prices or an hourly rate for certain tasks. Others may charge a higher percentage for different types of cases. Make sure you understand all possible fees and are comfortable with this payment structure.
In the end, you need to trust your instincts when hiring a lawyer to represent your case. You need to feel that you are receiving quality legal representation and your attorney will handle the outcome of your case. Adam S. Kutner, Injury Attorneys, can help protect your rights while you fight together to repair your damage.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, schedule your free consultation to learn more about the options available. Adam S. Kutner and his team for infringement law have been producing satisfied customers in Las Vegas for over 29 years! With over 40,000 billing checks issued, you too can get the maximum compensation you deserve.
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