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Be Sure To Ask These Questions When Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney

Be Sure To Ask These Questions When Hiring A Personal Injury AttorneyAn individual’s safety is always one of the biggest concerns whether they are on the job or on the road.  So if you ever find yourself involved in a situation where you have been injured and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to file a personal injury claim and receive monetary compensation for the injuries you incurred.  Depending on the extent and severity of your injuries, you may need to hire a personal injury attorney before you discuss matters with the individual who is responsible or their insurance company.

Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have never experienced a personal injury before and you decide to hire an attorney, you should consider asking the ones you consult with the following 10 questions before you make the decision to hire one:

  • Are you going to be the attorney that files my claim and takes my case to trial if I am not satisfied with the insurance company’s settlement offer?
  • Can I speak directly to you? How often? (Avoid consulting with an investigator or paralegal instead of an attorney in your initial consultation)
  • Can I talk to some of your past clients regarding the services you provided?
  • Do you charge a contingency fee? If so, how much?
  • Do you have enough time to effectively handle my personal injury case in addition to the others you are currently dealing with?
  • Do you specialize in personal injury cases?
  • Have you ever handled a case that is similar to mine? If you have, how many cases have you handled?
  • How long will it take to resolve my personal injury claim?
  • How many times have you taken a personal injury case to court? What were the results?
  • Were you ever suspended from practicing personal injury law? If you were, what were the circumstances behind your suspension?

It’s important to remember that just as no two personal injury cases are ever the same, neither are the attorneys that assist in them.  The task of selecting the right personal injury lawyer to handle your case can be a challenging one.  So it is important that you learn as much as you can about the ones you are interested in hiring.  This is especially true if you have never been intentionally injured or incurred injuries due to another person’s negligence.

What You Need To Be Aware Of

There are several things that you need to be aware of before you consult with an accident attorney as well as any type of trial attorney the first time.  Most importantly, the amount of experience that a lawyer has is very important, especially where personal injury cases are concerned.  The best attorney will limit the types of cases they handle to one or two legal areas based on their expertise and knowledge of the law.

In addition to this, your attorney should not charge you for the initial consultation.  Most individuals fear that just talking to an attorney about their case will cost them far more than what they can afford.  However, the best attorney for your personal injury claim will initially consult with you at no charge and discuss your specific circumstances.  You should be careful about the attorney you choose to ensure that you are not considering hiring an “ambulance chaser” since this practice is now illegal in most states.

The bottom line is that your case is not going to be resolved overnight, so you want to ensure the best outcome possible and that is going to take time.  Most importantly, there are no guarantees.  Remember, the best personal injury lawyer is going to be honest with you and tell you what your chances are. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Be Sure To Ask These Questions When Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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