In a split second, a car crash can cause you debilitating injuries, rising health care bills, and overwhelming stress.
But you don’t – and shouldn’t – have to deal with it alone.
The best way to get maximum compensation after a car accident is to rent an experienced and competent lawyer. Without the proper legal expertise, you risk the insurance companies taking advantage of you. Indeed, according to a study by the Insurance Research Council, people who hired lawyers received 40% more money than those who did not.
To make sure you get the right solution for your needs, you’ll want to do your homework. Here are some questions to ask when looking for a personal injury lawyer.
How do I know if I have a legal complaint?
The first thing you need to determine before taking legal action is whether or not you have a viable case. Even if you are certain that you deserve legal compensation for damages and injuries, you should seek professional legal counsel. A personal injury lawyer should be able to tell you immediately if the case is worth pursuing.
What will it cost me?
Most lawyers work on an emergency basis, which means they don’t get paid unless you do. Ask your specialist lawyer what their contingency fees are and if you will be faced with any hidden costs. Some companies may charge additional fees, such as filing or retrieving medical records, even if you lose a record. Others won’t charge you a dime unless you win your case.
What experience do you have with similar cases?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the lawyer’s past experience in cases like yours. First of all, you want to make sure that they are specifically qualified to deal with bodily injury cases. (Your sister-in-law who practices corporate law may know some things about personal injury law. But that’s not the one you want to deal with.)
Also do not hesitate to ask for details. For example, you might ask, “How many cases like mine have you litigated?” Another good question might be “How much money have you made for your clients?” A company with a good track record should be able to produce these numbers.
Keep in mind that a lawyer with decades of experience is not necessarily the best in the business. Look for someone with a proven success rate and high customer satisfaction.
What is your trial success rate?
While some personal injury cases can come to a fair resolution, you need to be prepared in case your case goes to court. Your lawyer should also be prepared for this. This is a good sign that they are ready to fight for the full compensation you deserve. Ask your lawyer about how the trial will unfold and its success rate before a judge and jury.
Who will take care of my file?
The legal process can seem long and complex at times, so you will likely have a lot of questions along the way. It helps to know who exactly will take care of your case so that you can reach out when you need to. Clear communication with your lawyer can give you peace of mind in a legal battle.
Can I speak with one of your former clients?
When you apply for a job, the employer will usually ask you for references. When you hire a personal injury lawyer, you also deserve referrals. It’s always good to know that other people have had success with your lawyer or law firm.
But don’t settle for Google reviews or online testimonials. Ask your lawyer if there is someone you can speak to directly. This way you can ask questions in real time and get another client’s perspective on whether that lawyer is suitable or not.
Injured in an accident? Call the lawyers!
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the medical and financial burden alone. You need a lawyer – a lawyer who can help you deal with those high hospital bills, vehicle damage and insurance bypass.
Advocates understand what you are going through and are ready to help you recover. Their lawyers know best how to get maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
Do not wait. Call 801-326-0809 today for a free consultation or visit The Lawyers website and chat with a lawyer in real time.